Scientific empirical evidences on PP effectiveness

The known empirical studies about effectiveness of Pair Programming are well documented on Wikipedia:

- Pair programming scientific studies
  6 empirical research examined
  experiments conducted with both professional software developers and with students
  experiments published between 2000 and 2009
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pair_programming#Scientific_studies


Here are links of cited studies that now are broken on the Wikipedia page:
- The effectiveness of pair programming: A meta-analysis, 2009
  http://www.idi.ntnu.no/grupper/su/publ/ebse/R11-pairprog-hannay-ist09.pdf

- Pair programming productivity: Novice–novice vs. expert–expert, 2006
  http://userweb.cs.utexas.edu/users/mckinley/305j/pair-hcs-2006.pdf



Overall the empirical studies report contrasting results about effects of PP on quality, duration and effort. They all agree that  PP works well when a pair encounters challenging programming problems. Although what the term "challenging programming problems" is not defined.

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Print | posted @ domenica 27 giugno 2010 18.49

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