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Making a pair programming team

 
Christophe Verré
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Isn't it difficult to make up a whole team of programmers who accept to comply to pair programming ?
 
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Yes. However, I have convinced people to try it. People often misunderstand what pair programming is about. You don't assign pairs, you don't have somebody watching over your shoulder, it isn't half as productive as working alone.

In fact, it's a lot of fun, incredibly productive, and surprisingly intense. But you have to try it for a month or two in order to realize this. It also absolutely requires a comfortable work environment, something that many people don't have (at least not for pairing).
 
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I don't think compliance is even what you should want. If you take Agile seriously, the process is owned by the team, after all.
 
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