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To improve pairing: Pair Programming Matrix

To improve pairing: Pair Programming Matrix

(Update 07/17/2012: Added link to Pair Programming Matrix Google Doc ) At Pivotal Labs we consider ourselves to be expert pair programmers, but sometimes even we need help. We identified (thanks to a retrospective ) that we were being very unbalanced in our pairings: some developers seemed to pair with each other often while rarely paring with others. We wanted a lightweight means of enforcing balanced pairing. That’s when someone remembered the pairing matrix. Pair Programming Matrix A blog post titled “Pair Programming Matrix” inspired us to try our own pairing matrix. It’s a grid with a cell intersecting each pair of developers. Here’s a photo from the original article: We thought we would give it a try, only using a Google Spreadsheet with some fancy conditional formatting instead of a whiteboard Upshot Overall the pairing matrix serves it purpose: it helps us have muc...

Full article: http://pivotallabs.com/pair-programming-matrix/

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