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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Several months ago when we stopped pairing due to workload, our bug rate went up, but this time it hasn't.

    Any theory as to why it's different this time around?

    • My guess (and I stress that it's just a guess) is that we're not making the sweeping changes we were last time (switching colocations and changing the look and feel of the entire site), nor do we have the deadline pressure. I think the combination of the two last time really bit us. Of course, there's also the possibility that the improved test suite helps. I've spent a lot of time nailing all of the tests to ensure that none of them fail intermittently. Now, if a test fails, it probably really is a bug and is less likely to be ignored. It's probably a variety of factors, some of which I don't know. Basically, don't place your programmers in a pressure cooker and they won't boil over :)