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Pairing! (None_coding Workshop)


Pairing may not be the answer for every team or organization. At the end of this workshop, you can identify when this practice could increase the productivity, collective code ownership, and the responsibility of your team members. 

We hope to demonstrate a fun and effective pairing experience by breaking out into groups to explore one or more pairing exercises.

Who would benefit from this workshop?

• Anyone who wants an Introduction to Pairing - Pros/Cons, Techniques

• Anyone who want to introduce or enhance pairing within their organization

• Developers who want to make the pairing experience more effective and pleasant


6:30 - 6:45 Mingle and Food

6:45 - 6:50 Welcome

6:50 - 8:00 Pairing workshop (with Eric Mrak, Vlad Zelmanov, Zeljko Pavic)

8:00 - 8:30 Discussions

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  • Allan T.

    Question I didn't manage to ask: it looks like ThoughtWorks does a bunch of work with geographically distributed teams. Can you pair with a remote person? My gut feeling is that it would be hard to do well. But since the ThoughtWorks folks live pairing every day, I'd be curious what they have to say.

    1 · November 20, 2013

    • Bonna C.

      Is there a particular reason you guys are interested in this? For example, are you currently working in such an environment and something is not quite going well? Do you use any particular tools like 'team view' etc?

      December 8, 2013

    • Damien

      Remote and pairing are both getting a lot of attention lately and may seem somewhat contradictory. I am using tmux to work on pet projects but I would like to know how larger teams (>3 people) manage it.

      December 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another really helpful, illustrative exercise. I had the urge to flake out of this one, not knowing how a non-programming pairing exercise would go, but I am very glad I decided to go. It's hard not to enjoy yourself with a pile of K'nex. :) As someone who has never paired before, it really hit home the value of this practice, and I left with some helpful tools for bringing it to other environments.

    November 20, 2013

    • Bonna C.

      Glad you enjoyed it, Dimas :) If you do apply this practice, let us know how it went and/or if any interesting insights came up.

      November 21, 2013

  • Eric M.

    I've posted pictures and the slide deck from tonights meetup in the files section!

    November 19, 2013

  • Steve M.

    Learned lots of lessons about the impact of pairing without writing any code. Very effective workshop.

    1 · November 19, 2013

  • Steve M.

    Rain, rain, GO AWAY! Looking forward to seeing everyone!

    1 · November 19, 2013

    • Bonna C.

      glad u still made it!!

      November 19, 2013

  • Bonna C.

    Hi Everyone -

    Surprise surprise~ The secret code to come to ThoughtWorks office is CHANGED! (Un)fortunately the elevator we used to come up to ThoughtWorks office is currently under the construction. So I now need to reveal another way to get you to the 16th floor! 1. When you walk inside of the building, press the 'UP arrow' button for the first elevator on your LEFT. This elevator buttons will be located slightly higher than other elevator buttons. This truly is the ONLY elevator that can get you to the 16th floor now. 2. No need to click 'Cancel' button!

    3. Press '16' and now you must be moving up. Hope you all succeed to follow the instruction. LOL. See ya~

    November 19, 2013

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