I’ve just been engaged in very interesting discussion of pair programming with Arlo Belshee.  Unlike me, Arlo has lots of successful experience with pairing.  If you’ve been following my recent posts on pairing, I definitely recommend that you check out Arlo’s new comments on them, and also his own post and its comments here.

He shows that pairing is a form of expertise, that takes time and effort to develop, just like any other type of expertise.

Furthermore, I would suggest, it’s very hard to imagine successful pairing if you’ve never actually seen it.  Which brings me to the point of this post: is there anyone here in New Zealand who is doing pair programming and who might be interested in letting myself and a couple of colleagues see how you do it?  We work for a registered charity (so we’re definitely not one of your competitors).  I’m hoping that, like many agile teams, you’d like to share your success stories.  If so, I’d love to hear from you.  My email address is on the contact page.

2 comments on “Are you pair-programming in New Zealand?

  • I’m currently studying my Bachelor if IT, at Otago Polytech.
    We do a lot of pair-programming, they’re starting to try and push it.
    I must say though, that I really do enjoy it.
    I find that it helps that if you don’t know something, the other person may do.
    While also, everybody thinks differently, so your partner may think of something that may improve your code’s efficiency, or fix a bug.

  • Thanks Braydon. Glad to hear you’re enjoying it. Do you think there are many companies in your area, using pairing for commercial work?

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