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Real world Agile: Pair programming

At last week’s Boulder Agile User Group meeting, Pivotal Labs’ Mike Gehard described a day in the life of working in a rather unusual environment.

At Pivotal Labs, the culture is very important. They start their mornings with breakfast at 8:45. Their working hours are a very strict 9am to 6pm and their schedule looks like this:

8:45 Breakfast
9:05 Standup
9:15-ish Team standups
Noon Lunch
9:15-6:00 Pair programming
6:00 End of work day

Having been in corporate America for my whole career, I felt this was a rather rigid schedule, particularly for working parents who have children to pick up. However, Gehard showed a photo of an empty workplace at 6:05. Though the schedule is rigid, it means you can count on being done with your work at 6pm.

Gehard spoke a lot of the Extreme Programming practice of pair programming and what a big part of the culture it is at Pivotal Labs. I explore the topic further in the tip Pair programming: Two people, one computer.

Listen in to this short video where Gehard describes the importance of pair programming at Pivotal Labs:

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