I just took two weeks of courses from the folks at NetObjectives concerning agile development. It was very thought-provoking. There was too much to go over in a single blog post, but I can tell you what I got out of it most was not the course material itself (much of which I already knew). But rather, the shared vocabulary and tips on how to show others how to adopt these practices.
That's really why these methods fail to gain traction. One or two guys learn them, but they can't get anyone else to play ball, so they give up. But these courses really help give you better ideas for how to get better practices more firmly established in your organization.
I don't know how it will go in the long run, but let's see what happens.
By the way, Scott Bain (one of the partners of NetObjectives) is an amazing speaker and teacher. He can even make irrelevant anecdotes seem relevant, and he can talk about his successes without sounding arrogant. Good guy.
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