I attended Agile 2008 in Toronto this year - August 3, 2008 through August 8, 2008.
Toronto - not a bad city at all. Agile 2008 was a good presentation with a bit too many sessions - 500 over the course of 5 days.
The majority of the sessions were in workshop format. I.E. the instructor would lecture for the first part of the session, the tables would break into teams and work an exercise, then the instructor would debrief the teams, bringing home some of the points of the lecture. While this worked in some instances, some of the sessions provided very little new information as the exercises were necessarily simple. Most of the sessions that I attended were related to team work and personal interaction rather than technology.
- Other sciences have potential contributions to agile development.
- Over coaching dilutes influence.
- People matters are of primary concern in Agile development and teams must focus on problems at hand.