I heard recently that life is a series of experiments. With experiments, there are no failures, only bad or good outcomes. The important thing is what you learn from it.
In 30+ years of software development experiments, I have learned good and bad ways to influence people, teams, and organizations to change. Take a look at this slideshare: Inspiring Teams to Adopt Best Practices, where I share a tale of two projects. Afterwards, drop me a line on what you learned from two of my experiments.
I look forward to hearing from you!