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Pair Programming Anti-Patterns: more antipatterns #yam

Pair programming is hard. Previous to working at ThoughtWorks I had a manager who requested that the team do pair programming. The idea failed miserably, but it wasn't pair programming that was flawed, it was our approach. Below is a short list of the mistakes I've witnessed, but it's by no means a complete list. People who don't care. This is the biggest pair programming killer. If your employees are only there for the paycheck they will make pair programming fail. Getting two employees on the same schedule is hard. Once two employees get on the same schedule one will daydream while the other works. This is very boring, but to people who don't care, it's better than working. Strong code ownership. It's often very hard to motivate people to care about code they aren't responsible for. For more info on code ownership see Martin's bliki entry . Inconsistent workstation setup...

Full article: http://blog.jayfields.com/2006/05/pair-programming-anti-p...

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