JAX London, 4–7 October 2021
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Pair and mob programming: Secret weapon for agile and continuous software development

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Wednesday, October 10 2018
15:15 - 16:05

You want to become agile and you’ve built your Scrum or Kanban board. But things aren’t running smoothly. The developers don’t really collaborate as a team… Maybe you should take a closer look at pair programming, the (not so) secret weapon from the toolbox of good old extreme programming (XP), and mob programming, its Modern Agile complement.

Some years ago in a large e-commerce project, we started offering “pair programming coaching” in addition to methodical agile coachings. For if you put two developers in front of one computer and then leave them in the lurch, it might backfire… But if teams learn to use some basic and important, but often neglected practices, they will experience the benefits of close collaboration. We’ve seen this strengthen not only coding itself, but also agile planning and continuous testing. Now, more and more teams try mob programming to deliver great outcomes together in groups larger than two.

In this talk, I’ll present the basics of pair and mob programming: The things books tell you, as well as the dos and don’ts we’ve learned the hard way. And I’ll explain the implementation of the coaching — as an inspiration and motivation to conduct such a coaching yourself.

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