I’d rather not have to read over my fellow’s shoulder

don't read over my shoulder
I generally agree with Agile principles. For the most part, I have not had the chance to put them in practice yet but most of them just seem to be the right thing to do.

I must admit I am still very defensive on one Agile engineering practice though: The binomial programming, promoted by the XP method. While I fully understand the big benefits of a code review, I just cannot imagine myself looking over a brother fellow’s shoulder while he is coding.

Being watched, while not very pleasant, is bearable. But the reviewer position just sounds like hell to me. Not only is he not coding, but he cannot control the rhythm of the code that is produced in front of him. Either it is going too slow and he is going to get bored and/or irritated or it is going too fast and he won’t understand and will get bored and/or irritated.

Fortunately, it looks like some alternatives do exist.

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