Better Software East 2017 Concurrent Session : Why Won’t They Pair?

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Why Won’t They Pair?

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Do your developers and testers pair—and do it in the best ways? If you can answer yes, then you are among the fortunate ones who have a trusting environment where people have confidence in their work. Unfortunately, a large number of development shops don’t practice pairing in any form. Pair programing was documented in Kent Beck’s book eXtreme Programming Explained, published in 1999. So why is it that eighteen years later many developers and testers do not practice this simple yet effective programming technique? Linda Cook addresses many reasons that people don’t pair. Drawing on experiences in a handful of organizations and hundreds of teams, Linda examines the factors contributing to a general absence of pairing. Considerations include environmental concerns, organizational barriers, personal style, and experiences that all contribute to whether or not people practice pair programming and testing. Join Linda to examine the many benefits of pairing and the varied methods for pairing. This session includes a short activity where everyone gets an opportunity to pair using LEGOS.

Linda Cook
Project Cooks

A recognized technology leader and agile transformation expert, Linda Cook is committed to helping organizations achieve their strategic goals. With more than twenty years of experience as an IT executive, Linda offers a unique blend of leadership, innovation, and vision which allows her to tackle the most complex organizational challenges. She currently leads the lean/agile consulting practice for Project Cooks. Formerly an agile program leader at PayPal, Linda managed the company’s largest IT initiative with more than 500 staff across fifty-seven teams in four countries. Linda served on the Agile Leadership Network board and chaired the organization’s national conferences. She frequently speaks at agile events worldwide on topics ranging from the future of agile to agile release planning.