Ping Pong vs. Foosball

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 28 Jun 2011 at 11:06

In the Agile Software development world, Ping Pong is somewhat of a meme. There is even an paired programming Test Driven Develeopment (TDD) practice called "Ping Pong". In this practice, two programmers work together on the same software feature; one writes automated tests that pass when the feature has been implemented properly, the other writes the actual code that implements the feature.
The two compete to some degree to outwit each other, turning a complicated problem into an engaging intellectual game. Whether the game or the development practice came first, one often sees paired programming teams near Ping Pong tables. Pivotal Labs, a Ruby on Rails practice in San Francisco, was one of the first development firms that I noticed doing this, although it was fairly common practice...