High costs and negative value of pair programming

The economics of pair programming are severely negative. Pair programming costs were $7,576 versus $2,841 for an increase of over 266%. Pair programming schedules were 11.11 days as opposed to 8.33 days for an increase of 133%. Unless the quality results for the pair approached zero defects and the quality results for the individual programmer were very poor there would seem to be no economic justification for pair programming. Unfortunately the quality data from the pair programming literature is not adequate because it omits the impacts of inspections and static analysis.

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