A couple of developers here at Fog Creek have spent the last day or so doing ‘extreme programming’ … actually pair programming, which is all anybody remembers about extreme programming…

Conclusion: it’s very effective when you have a long list of small bug fixes you want to sprint through, because you can reach incredible velocity. Typos and small bugs get caught right away.

But you can’t stop and concentrate, so it’s probably not so useful for longer programming tasks. Another caveat: personal synergy is crucial. It’s like being a cop: if you don’t like your partner, it’s one of the less pleasant rings of hell! (Luckily, rule #0 in Fog Creek hiring is no jerks.)

About the author.

In 2000 I co-founded Fog Creek Software, where we created lots of cool things like the FogBugz bug tracker, Trello, and Glitch. I also worked with Jeff Atwood to create Stack Overflow and served as CEO of Stack Overflow from 2010-2019. Today I serve as the chairman of the board for Stack Overflow, Glitch, and HASH.