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Transcendence and Passing Through the Gate



"Being Agile" is a state of mind achieved when the practitioner has transcended Agile practice (phase three of agile according to Kent Beck). This presentation will show how following agile values, ideas, and practices lead the practitioner to the threshold of transcendence. We will also talk about how to take the final step: from "Doing Agile" to "Being Agile!"


David West, PhD. is a professional developer and consultant, especially in the area of systems design. He has been a full professor at three universities including the world's largest software development graduate program. He has been doing agile development since the mid- nineties. He has worked with small teams and large fortune 100 organizations doing training, mentoring, and coaching.

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Jul 15, 2009

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  • a GREAT, great presentation

    by Ulrich Merkel,

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    a beautiful presentation and excellent slides,

    MORE of this agile motivation

  • Great presentation but...

    by Mouneer Rabie,

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    a great presentation indeed, but I did not like the part about "compared to somebody in 3rd or 2nd world country..... there's a way to be distinctively different that's to be agile". does this mean that people in 3rd/2nd world countries cannot be distinctive or cannot become agile!
    that's I find a very strange comment from the presenter.

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