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Should we use programmer pairs or single developers for the next project?

Müller, Matthias

Abstract: Todays project leaders are unsettled. Should they use programmer pairs or should they rely on single developers for the next project? So far, empirical software engineering research gives no clear advice. One study reports on a doubled personnel cost when using programmer pairs instead of single developers while another study reports on a substantial increase of development speed and program quality. But, what would be if project leaders add a separate review phase to single programmers' development? Then things change in terms of development cost and program quality. Two experiments conducted at the Universität Karlsruhe revealed that there is almost no difference in cost if both programmer pairs and single developers with reviews are forced to develop programs with comparable quality.


Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Programmstrukturen und Datenorganisation (IPD)
Publikationstyp Buch
Jahr 2004
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator URN: urn:nbn:de:swb:90-12367
KITopen ID: 1000001236
Verlag Karlsruhe
Serie Interner Bericht. Fakultät für Informatik, Universität Karlsruhe ; 2004,8
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