I spoke at the New York Smalltalk User's Group meeting last night, and gave this presentation. There were 30+ people in attendance, and a lot of conversation - questions came up, and discussion on the points I was discussing flowed freely.
Of course, this was a mostly friendly audience - but even so, the conversation was excellent. The point that seemed to resonate most was this:
XP is a methodology by, and for, developers
I see something different about the adoption of XP (compared to many of the other methodology fads that have passed by) - this one engages the developers. It doesn't add a set of ancillary staff playing with diagramming tools and creating reams of paper - it engages developers in their day to day activities
. It's not a theoretical exercise - it arose in the heat of difficult assignments over a long period of time.
If you are in NY, you should definitely plan to attend the group's meetings - contact Charles Monteiro
for details. If you don't know Smalltalk, attend anyway
- the group is now offering free