Pair-Programming Effect on Developers Productivity

  • Sven Heiberg
  • Uuno Puus
  • Priit Salumaa
  • Asko Seeba
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2675)


This paper gives an overview of a pair-programming experiment designed to verify how pair-programming affects programmer’s technical productivity. The experiment took place at the Institute of Computer Science, University of Tartu (UT), Estonia. The paper includes the problem statement, description of the experimental design, the experiment results, and a discussion about the validity of the results. During the experiment pair-programming worked well in getting early testable programming results, pair-programmers and non-pair-programmers performed with similar final results.


Practice Session Technical Productivity Technical Question Experiment Team Developer Productivity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sven Heiberg
    • 1
    • 2
  • Uuno Puus
    • 1
    • 2
  • Priit Salumaa
    • 1
  • Asko Seeba
    • 3
    • 2
  1. 1.University of TartuTartu
  2. 2.CyberneticaEstonia
  3. 3.Helsinki University of TechnologyHelsinki

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