An Empirical Study on the TDD Conformance of Novice and Expert Pair Programmers
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- Höfer A., Philipp M. (2009) An Empirical Study on the TDD Conformance of Novice and Expert Pair Programmers. In: Abrahamsson P., Marchesi M., Maurer F. (eds) Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming. XP 2009. Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, vol 31. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
We conducted a quasi-experiment comparing the confor- mance to the test-driven development (TDD) process of one expert and two novice groups of programmers working in pairs. Besides an insignificant tendency of the expert group toward a higher TDD conformance and instruction coverage, we found that the expert group had refactored their code to a larger extent than the two novice groups. More surprisingly though, the pairs in the expert group were significantly slower than the pairs in one of the novice groups.
Keywordstest-driven development pair programming experts and novices quasi-experiment
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