What advice do you have for someone looking to pair program for the first time?

Thinking about pair programming., this was recently posted on Twitter.

And the replies are super handy. Here’s a selection:

Bias for action. Get a pair partner, set a time box and give it a go.
Starting is the hardest part of doing new things!

I always had so much anxiety that I was observing too much or driving too much. Every pair is different so communicate what works best for you.

Ask questions!

Talk first about the task and what needs to be done, share knowledge about the things.
Don’t rush to the work immediately!

What advice do you have for someone looking to pair program for the first time? What more do you think would help?

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I’d say to actively participate, and take turns if possible, don’t just sit there and watch!

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