Maven2 works really great as a project build tool for us. I have written a tutorial at my company for all Maven newbies, and I hope it can benefit other who is struggling on how to get started. The tutorial is very short, and it walks through a real java project from creating it from scratch to all the way on deploying and release it. It also has a small webapp application walk through as well.
The tutorial download is CDP-10879043-20071210-09_24_23.pdf.