Although pair programming is becoming more prevalent in software development, and a number of reports have been written about it  , few have addressed the manner in which pairing actually takes place . Even fewer consider the methods used to manage issues such as role change or the communication of complex issues. This paper highlights the way resources designed for individuals are re-appropriated and augmented by pair programmers to facilitate collaboration. It also illustrates that pair verbalisations can augment the benefits of the collocated team, providing examples from ethnographic studies of pair programmers ‘in the wild’.
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