“10 Years Of Thinking About Pair Programming” with Sallyann Freudenberg

From the presenter...

"I feel old. It turns out that it has been 10 years since I started thinking about pair programming."

"Come and explore some of the facts and myths around pairing in an interactive way. Do crosswords. Draw pictures. See how different modes of pairing feel. Leave with a deeper understanding of pair programming based on my PhD studies of experienced commercial pairs and the literature on cognitive psychology. Arm yourself with a set of behaviours to help you pair more effectively in the future."

About the presenter...

Dr. Sallyann Freudenberg is an agile coach and mentor experienced in working with both experienced agile teams and those new to an agile approach. Her 25-years in IT has included roles in development, design, analysis, UI and Project Management on projects as diverse as industrial real-time process control systems and banking CRM. During the past 10 years Sallyann has been focused entirely in the agile and lean space, providing a blend of training, mentoring, research and coaching across Europe that focuses on creating successful and sustainable agile organisations.

Sallyann provides a variety of standardized and tailored training sessions alongside ‘on the ground’ agile coaching and mentoring. She is particularly focused on collaboration and agile as a ‘cultural change’ and as such often assists with strategic change management. Her facilitation skills are particularly honed and as such she is often called upon to facilitate difficult meetings. She is passionate about maximizing the learning outcomes from any situation.

Sal also holds a PhD in Collaborative Software Development for which she spent
three years observing and analyzing experienced, commercial agile teams. She speaks and delivers workshops at conferences worldwide, including the Agile and XP conferences.

Outside of work, Sallyann enjoys running and kickboxing. She is the mother of three young boys, which allows her to indulge her love of Lego but somewhat curtails her love of scuba diving. A one-time PADI instructor, she has logged several hundred dives in many of the world’s top sites. At the moment she is eagerly awaiting her eldest son’s eighth birthday, so that he can learn to dive and give her an excuse to do so with more regularity.

Sal loves to travel. Most recently she took advantage of extended maternity leave to take her family on a six-month trip of Thailand, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

You can follow Sallyann on Twitter here.

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  • Sean M.

    Thank you Sal for the benefit of your wisdom!
    I found the expected and actual driver/navigator cognitive spaces graphs particularly interesting. It seems to me that this shows a bridging between real world and technical implementation, as I think you suggested.
    Thanks to Ewan and the collective IPL Team for hosting.

    November 13, 2013

  • Willem van den E.

    I've been pair programming for over 20 years (at university it was just the way you did labs, after that extreme programming) and learnt a couple of new things from this presentation :).
    Sallyan's work shows there may yet be some hope for software engineering research, unlike too much other SE research I've seen the research she's done is well thought out, takes psychology into account as well as results that were not expected beforehand.
    I thought the exercises worked well in the presentation (I knew pair draw, but had not done it like this). It not only gave a feeling for pair programming, but also for research setup, given some of the questions after the exercise round.
    Thanks Sallyan!

    1 · November 13, 2013

  • Ewan M.

    Thanks Sal for a really interesting talk. The mix of exercises and reports from your research worked very well. Good feedback from everyone too, thanks for coming along. We'll have to host again at IPL one time when the Christmas lights aren't being switched on ;-)

    1 · November 13, 2013

  • Simon S.

    I knew very little about pair programming before this event so Sallyann's presentation taught me a lot and made me even more keen to give it a try. The experience of the drawing and crossword exercises really helped my understanding as well. A huge thanks to the organisers and IPL as well as Sallyann for taking the time to come and talk to us :)

    1 · November 12, 2013

    • Sallyann F.

      Thanks Simon. I really enjoyed it. Lots of great insights and stories from everyone :)

      November 12, 2013

  • Dan B.

    Traffic not as bad as expected, plenty of parking on single yellow in Walcot Street

    November 12, 2013

  • Willem van den E.

    Looking forward to see the christmas lights go on on my walk over.

    November 12, 2013

    • Sallyann F.

      Looking forward to seeing you Willem. It's been years!

      November 12, 2013

    • Willem van den E.

      Yes it has! Looking forward to seeing you too!

      November 12, 2013

  • Joe P.

    If anyone would like to borrow Tobias inspirational book from the last meetup please do say hello this evening. Looking forward to the discussion tonight.

    November 12, 2013

  • Ben H.

    With the additional traffic chaos that will undoubtedly envelop Bath this evening, I don't think I'm going to be able to get there in time. So if anyone want's my space feel free.

    November 12, 2013

  • Sallyann F.

    I'm going to be getting the train so (hopefully) shouldn't get held up by the festivities.

    November 11, 2013

  • Kelv

    I'm gutted that I managed to get a place from off the waiting list but can't make it...

    November 11, 2013

  • Keith J.

    Looks like I'm going to have to bow out (poo) - I've got a late client meeting I can't reschedule and I was cutting it very very fine anyway, so if anyone wants to take my spot!

    November 11, 2013

  • Ewan M.

    Oh dear, I'm having a bit of deja vu - the last time we hosted at IPL was exactly a year ago, and didn't the same thing happen then?

    Please do leave plenty of time if you are driving: I will be taking the train myself...

    November 11, 2013

  • Dan B.

    "Park and Ride arrangements have been extended until 10.00pm."

    November 11, 2013

  • Dan B.

    Bath is going to be very busy tomorrow evening - Mary Berry will be switching on the Christmas Lights at 6.30 - there will be limited access to the town centre - I would allow plenty of time to get into Bath and find parking.

    November 11, 2013

  • Ewan M.

    Directions to the IPL offices are here: http://www.ipl.com/images/uploads/IPL_directions.pdf

    Parking nearby is as easy as you would expect in central Bath. The SouthGate car park (http://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/carpark/southgate_bath/ba1/bath/) is about ten mins walk away, has lots of spaces, and I think it is £2 for the evening.

    November 11, 2013

  • Stuart.Adair

    Any advice on where to park?

    November 11, 2013

    • Glenn S.

      There is normally on-street parking near by the IPL offices. It will chargeable and not the cheapest, but the easiest.

      November 11, 2013

  • Abid Q.

    I'm on the wait list. Would this be recorded?
    Any chance someone can scratch some notes down and post it up on the meetup site? I've been looking long and hard for some data on the benefits of Pair Programming. There doesn't seem to be much out there.

    November 11, 2013

    • Sallyann F.

      You can take a look at my blog in the meantime if that's helpful: http://salfreudenberg...­ and I will post my slides, although they will be pretty minimal.

      November 11, 2013

  • Simon S.

    Hello, do you have a venue for this yet?

    October 25, 2013

  • John T.

    I'm on the wait list.

    September 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm a business consultant working in the insurance sphere

    September 13, 2013

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