You may remember my previous post about pair problems and my pointing out how we've stopped much of our pairing and our bug rate hasn't gone up.
Let's just pretend I never said any of that. Regrettably, our bugs have evolved and have learned to crawl deeper underground and are more difficult to root out. Superficially it looked like we were getting more work done and, initially, I think we were. Somewhere along the way, though, things started breaking down and in the space of only two weeks the programmers have requested that we slow down and go back to pairing and management has agreed. Despite the agreement, we're not pairing and the workload doesn't seem much slower, but we're still struggling to find the best way to get work done which satisfies everyone. It's clear that we're still turning out a lot of work, but failure to spread business knowledge has been what's really biting us -- hence the bugs.
I suspect that management is either going to have to babysit us through this period (which I doubt they will) or we programmers will have to find a way to work it out amongst ourselves.