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Pair Programming – you need to strike a balance

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/09/16

I love improving my own and teams’ programming skills.

Key is to strike a balance, as there never is a silver bullet.

One of the things lots of people praise is Pair Programming. And it works great: up to a certain point, for some categories of people.

So it it worthwhile to read an article like Ben Northrop – Pair Programming – My Personal Nightmare.

Being a Meyers-Briggs type ISTP and best functioning as a Completer Finisher team role according to the Belbin tests, I love “flow state” and value being able to both work in solitude, and share knowledge/crafts with the teams I’m part of.

Which means I like Extreme Programming techniques like Pair Programming, Scrum sprints, Standup Meetings, etc. I am also very much aware that the sticky notes on a brown paper wall cover don’t stick for long.

So like in real life, it’s all about awareness and striking a balance in what you do: be aware what you do, how you do it and why you do it.


via: Ben Northrop – Pair Programming – My Personal Nightmare.

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