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Remote Pairing by Joe Kutner

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Pairing at Big Nerd Ranch

Big Nerd Ranch, an industry leader in iOS development and training,[95] doesn’t have a strict policy of pairing like Pivotal Labs. Instead, developers decide on their own when pairing is appropriate. Jay Hayes, a programmer at Big Nerd Ranch, says this leads to an informal remote-pairing environment. Jay lives in Alabama, 200 miles away from the company headquarters in Atlanta. Most of his team members are based in Atlanta, but none of them are required to make regular trips to the office. Despite the distance, they still manage to pair up on tough problems.

“It doesn’t usually start with ‘Hey, why don’t we pair a bit when you have some downtime,’” says Jay. “It’s more like ‘I’ve been banging my head against the desk, ...

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