Pair Modeling: Does One Plus One Add Up?

Vinicius Stein Dani*, Mahendrawathi Er, Jelmer J. Koorn, Jan Martijn E.M. van der Werf, Henrik Leopold, Hajo A. Reijers

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Pair programming is a technique where two programmers work together. This technique offers benefits such as improved quality of the code, faster task completion, and increased participant satisfaction. Existing research in Business Process Management has not studied the advantages of pair process modeling in comparison to individual modeling. In this paper, we focus on the effect of conducting modeling tasks in pairs on process model quality and participants’ satisfaction. In an experiment, we let novice modelers perform modeling tasks individually and in pairs. Contrary to pair programming findings, we could not statistically support that pair modeling improves the process model’s quality. Similar to pair programming, the experiment did reveal that the participants are highly satisfied when performing modeling tasks in pairs. Considering this result, instructors or managers may want to use the pair setup for training purposes.

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
Volume436 LNBIP
ISSN (Print)1865-1348
ISSN (Electronic)1865-1356


Conference5th International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence for Business Process Management, AI4BPM 2021, 17th International Workshop on Business Process Intelligence, BPI 2021, 1st International Workshop on BPM Governance for and Beyond DigitalTransformation, BPMGOV 2021, 1st International Workshop on Business Process Management and Routine Dynamics, BPM and RD 2021, 14th International Workshop on Social and Human Aspects of Business Process Management, BPMS2 2021, 9th International Workshop on DEClarative, DECision and Hybrid approaches to processes, DEC2H 2021, 5th International Workshop on Business Processes Meet the Internet-of-Things, BP-Meet-IoT 2021, 4th International Workshop on Security and Privacy-enhanced Business Process Management, SPBP 2021 held at 19th International Conference on Business Process Management, BPM 2021


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