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Pair Programming is quite common among small agile teams or when on-boarding someone new to the team. I have been pair programming for 2 years during my time at ThoughtWorks.
But how do you manage assignees when you pairing with another programmer? Jira supports assigning a ticket to only one person.
Custom fields to the rescue.
You can create a custom field that acts as a picker for multiple users.
Name the new field as 'Pair'. And then assign the new field to all the screen schemes that you want the field to appear in.
Now optionally reorder the fields so 'Pair' appears below 'Assignee'.
Thats all! Now you can start assigning an issue to a 'Pair' 👏
Now that this is set up, you can do more things. JQL or simple filters can be used to see "What is assigned to me".
Example filter: "Pair" in (currentUser())
To find out how you can use this query in a dashboard gadget, so you can use that instead of "Assigned to Me" gadget, read my post here: https://community.atlassian.com/t5/Jira-questions/How-do-I-create-an-issue-filter-for-a-User-Picker-Multiple-Users/qaq-p/1267642#M400463
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