Pair Programming Matrix / Board

Pair Programming Matrix is a tool that helps the team to visualize the Pair Programming procedure. It shows who worked with whom, and who has not worked with anyone else at all.

Pair Programming Matrix / Board

Pair Programming Matrix

Set up a board, that has a matrix with team member names on left and top sides. Like a Football competition group table.

Every time, when two of the team members work together on a task, they should mark on the board, that they have worked together, putting a mark on their matching box.

In the end of the sprint it will show how the sprint went in terms of pair-collaboration. It generally makes sense for the team to discuss the Pair Programming board in the retrospective.

Related topics may include:

  • some team members feel others do not express intention to work together with them
  • in contrast, some team members may feel there is too much pair programming going on and they do not have independent time

The matrix/board would help to balance the pair programming practices.

To object many opponents of pair programming, I think the practice is a great value to any development team. This is a great topic and I will elaborate more soon with another post.

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  7. Ted M. Young says:

    We did this as well after a retrospective where we didn’t feel like we were rotating pairs enough. We kept the board up-to-date for an iteration or two and then stopped after we decided (in another retrospective) that we had gotten into a good habit of rotation and didn’t need to track it anymore.

  8. Narek Alaverdyan says:

    Hello Ted,

    thanks for your comment. That’s an excellent approach. We will see how it goes for us in the next sprints :)

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