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What other professions pair?

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  • Pieter Nagel
    I ve been thinking a lot about explaining pair-programming to other people lately. As a minor tangent to that, I ve begun wondering: what other professions
    Message 1 of 53 , Nov 29, 2008
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      I've been thinking a lot about explaining pair-programming to other
      people lately. As a minor tangent to that, I've begun wondering: what
      other professions regularly employ multiple people to simultaneously do
      work that, one the face of it, seems could be done by only one - and no
      one bats an eye?

      There's pilots and copilots. Since their controls are interlinked, it
      would seem as if only one is needed (as far as wings & flaps go). Since
      this is done for safety reasons, mostly, this analogy would work better
      in software shops that are concerned about defect rate.

      In advertising, there's the practice of a lot of people together around
      one table, brainstorming ad campaings for a client. In theory they could
      just split up and each one think up a slogan alone, but that yields
      inferior results. The problem with this analogy is that if focusses on
      creativity, and management often doesn't have strong feel for the role
      of creativity in programming.

      Maybe two cops patrolling the streets in one car is a better analogy.
      The one cop's presence compensates for the other cop being too focussed
      on the tactics of driving, vs. the strategy of surveilance.

      But none of this feel, in my gut, like something that would elucidate
      what pairing is about.

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    • Zhon Johansen
      ... Similarly, my friend, who has an autistic son and was one time diagnosed with aspergers, was told by his high school counselor: You can be either a
      Message 53 of 53 , Dec 5, 2008
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        Mike Hill wrote:
        > Along those lines, my wife tells me that specialists in autism refer
        > to university math and computer science departments as sheltered
        > workshops for Aspergers.
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        > Hill
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        Similarly, my friend, who has an autistic son and was one time diagnosed
        with aspergers, was told by his high school counselor:

        "You can be either a garbage man or a computer programmer."

        He chose the latter.

        - Zhon
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