An Empirical Study of the Tacit Knowledge Management Potential of Pair Programming

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Title: An Empirical Study of the Tacit Knowledge Management Potential of Pair Programming
Author: Wilson, Dylan Garrett
Advisors: Dr. Annie Anton, Committee Member
Dr. Jason Osborne, Committee Member
Dr. Laurie Williams, Committee Chair
Abstract: This work describes an experiment comparing knowledge sharing in two distinct team structures. Given the increasing importance of knowledge in the workplace, especially software engineering, we are interested in paradigms that can assist in knowledge management. To this end, we conducted an experiment to determine how the paired or solo programming model affects knowledge sharing during a software project. We show a pattern of results that suggest pair programming has a positive effect on knowledge sharing. We also find development time is somewhat higher when using paired programming, but product quality is unaffected by programming method though these results are not statistically significant.
Date: 2004-07-12
Degree: MS
Discipline: Computer Science
URI: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/365


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