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Pair Programming and Software Defects--A Large, Industrial Case Study

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6 Author(s)
Enrico di Bella ; Dept. of Econ. & Quantitative Methods, Univ. of Genova, Genoa, Italy ; Ilenia Fronza ; Nattakarn Phaphoom ; Alberto Sillitti
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In the last decade, there has been increasing interest in pair programming (PP). However, despite the existing work, there is still a lack of substantial evidence of the effects of PP in industrial environments. To address this issue, we have analyzed the work of a team of 17 industrial developers for 14 months. The team is part of the IT department of a large Italian manufacturing company; it adopts a customized version of extreme programming (XP). We have investigated the effects of PP on software quality in five different scenarios. The results show that PP appears to provide a perceivable but small effect on the reduction of defects in these settings.

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IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering  (Volume:39 ,  Issue: 7 )