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What is Promiscuous Pairing

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Promiscuous Pairing” is a term coined by Arlo Belshee, and it refers to switching pairs very frequently (every 90-120 minutes) and swapping out the most experienced member of the pair each time

This can lead to a lot of knowledge sharing and multilearning in the team .

A random pair draw at the daily meeting is a way to start the first person to pair with.. Promiscuous Pairing forces the member to get over thier issues and can reduce the risk of only few people knowing about a particular thing.


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