When is shared code ownership useful?

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Published on 2010-02-05T22:55:53Z Indexed on 2010/05/23 2:30 UTC
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I've worked on several projects lately that have promoted the idea of shared code ownership. At times, this seemed to speed up code-improvement and enhancement. Other times, it seemed to become a ground of ego-jousting with changes being made to support individuals coding styles, favored technologies, or simply a demonstration of power/intellect.

How can shared code ownership be implemented to avoid the pitfalls and still reap the benefits? Can too many cooks spoil the broth?

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