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Mob Programming


While practising pair programming for several years now at AOE, we have started using remote mob programming extensively when switching to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mob programming brings the driver/navigator pattern to another level by adding a group of navigators into the game. With the whole development team focussing on a single topic, a lot of common understanding and shared knowledge are being generated during each session as everyone is involved in the development process. The result will be less controversial code reviews (which might even be completely omitted) and the evolution of a team coding style in favor of individual ways of problem-solving.

In practice, we found the Git-based mob as an easy-to-use tool for remote mob programming. It provides a fast and simple way for initiating a mob session, handing over changes to the next person and committing the outcome.