location_city Bengaluru schedule Mar 28th 03:00 - 03:45 PM place Esquire Hall

Being Agile developer, have tried & tested various flavors of pair programming over the years while working in highly motivated self-managed team. Some experiments worked while some worked better :)

This talk is about sharing the personal experience of practicing promiscuous pairing which allowed the team to be always in the beginner's mind state and being able to push the boundaries consistently.

This experience sharing talk is based on our successful adoption of the promiscuous pairing technique based on very famous research paper by Arlo Belshee "Promiscuous Pairing and Beginner’s Mind: Embrace Inexperience".


Outline/Structure of the Case Study

  • My quick introduction (1 min)
  • What is Promiscuous Pairing and how to leverage beginner's mind? (7 mins)
  • Why we decided to adopt it? (5 mins)
  • What all we experimented and what worked for us? (12 mins)
    • Check-in duration
    • Pair rotation frequency
    • Pair role swap period
    • Task splitting
    • Task management
  • Challenges we faced and how we overcome those? (10 mins)
  • What we achieved with it? (5 mins)
  • Q/A (5 mins)

Learning Outcome

  • Understanding Promiscuous Pairing and its benefits
  • Leveraging Beginner’s Mind state while pairing
  • Successful adoption journey and how it worked effectively in a self-managed team
  • Adoption challenges and experimentation techniques

Target Audience

Agile Developers, Scrum Masters



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