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Remote Pairing by Joe Kutner

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Pairing Up

Regardless of who you’re partnering with or what you’ll be working on, each pairing session should begin with the following three steps.

Step One: Establish a Communication Channel

The communication channel can be as simple as an instant-messaging program, but it’s usually preferable to have an audio and even a visual connection. You can use any of the many voice- and video-communication tools available, but we won’t explore those in detail. If you don’t know where to start, use Skype.[24] Its reputation as a user-friendly tool is weak, but its ubiquity and even the reliability of the voice over IP technology underlying the clunky client interface is unparalleled. We’ll discuss Skype and some alternatives in more detail later in ...

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