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Remote Pairing by Joe Kutner

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Pairing at Pivotal Labs

Pivotal Labs is a software firm based in San Francisco.[90] You may be familiar with its flagship product, Pivotal Tracker,[91] but the company does a wide range of other software development—client work, iPhone apps, and more.

Pivotal uses a strict system of pair programming, in which most developers pair with another developer every time they sit down to write code. That’s eight hours a day, five days a week. The majority of Pivotal’s employees work in one of the company’s seven major offices, but a handful of developers work from remote locations. Despite the distance, these anywhere-based developers adhere to the same strict pairing policy.

One of Pivotal’s veteran remote developers is Joe Moore, who’s become ...

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