Notes from Tim Mackinnon's session about Pairing anit-patterns at XPDay.

The flipchart lists the following:

  • Magpie - likes shiny things
  • Keyboard hog - doesn't share control
  • Backseat driver - calls out typos, keyboard shortcuts
  • Runaway train
  • Heathcliff - silent
  • Won't Go Home


A few of my own tips if you are working with a problematic pair:

  • Ask for a break - tea or research strands in parallel
  • Ask for a whiteboard discussion
  • Switch pairs
  • Continue alone and ask for review


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