Description of an Empirical Experiment to Measure Effects of Pair Work on the Design Phase

H. Al-Kilidar, R. Jeffery, and A. Aurum (Australia)


Software Design, Pair Programming, Pair Work.


This paper presents a description of an empirical experiment into the effects of pair work on the design phase of the software development lifecycle. The aims of the experiment are to compare the quality of the design products produced by pair designers and individual designers as well as compare the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the pair work and the individual work paradigms in the design process. In addition, the experiment studies the partners expectations and practices during the pair work experience. In this paper we make the case for conducting such an experiment, and detail the experimental hypotheses, design, inputs, outputs, and evaluation measures.

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