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  • I don't view [Extreme Programming] as particularly extreme: it merely says "follow the good programming practices that you already know about".

    Well, not everyone agrees that each of the XP practices is good. A lot of people view pair programming as a waste of one programmer.

    Extreme Programming is one set of good practices which have been shown to reenforce one another. There are plenty of other good practices, but if you cherry pick practices and put them together without considering how they interact, you might end up with team that chugs along one half power, belching smoke and leaking oil.

    • The strongest objections to pair programming that I hear usually seem to come from those who have little experience with it and those who prefer to be alone. The objections, in fact, remind me of an interview where the manager told me "we don't want you writing tests because that will slow down your programming." I was offerred the job, but I declined.

      Having done quite a bit of pair programming here at work, I've discovered that it can be a bit tough as many programmers are, shall we say, not overly soc