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Pair Programming and Software Defects--A Large, Industrial Case Study
July 2013 (vol. 39 no. 7)
pp. 930-953
Enrico di Bella, University of Genova, Genova
Ilenia Fronza, Free University of Bolzano - Bozen, Bolzano
Nattakarn Phaphoom, Free University of Bolzano - Bozen, Bolzano
Alberto Sillitti, Free University of Bolzano - Bozen, Bolzano
Giancarlo Succi, Free University of Bozen - Bolzano, Bolzano
Jelena Vlasenko, Free University of Bolzano - Bozen, Bolzano
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.
Index Terms:
Programming,Software,case study,Pair programming,software defects
Citation:
Enrico di Bella, Ilenia Fronza, Nattakarn Phaphoom, Alberto Sillitti, Giancarlo Succi, Jelena Vlasenko, "Pair Programming and Software Defects--A Large, Industrial Case Study," IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 39, no. 7, pp. 930-953, July 2013, doi:10.1109/TSE.2012.68
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