Neal FordDirector & Software Architect, ThoughtWorks
Neal Ford is Director, Software Architect, and Meme Wrangler at ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy with an exclusive focus on end-to-end software development and delivery. He is also the designer and developer of applications, magazine articles, video/DVD presentations, and author and/or editor of eight books spanning a variety of subjects and technologies, including the most recent Presentation Patterns. He focuses on designing and building of large-scale enterprise applications. He is also an internationally acclaimed speaker, speaking at over 300 developer conferences worldwide, delivering more than 2000 presentations. Check out his web site at nealford.com. He welcomes feedback and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presentation Patterns for Better Technical Presentations
Location:Bayview BDuration:Half DayAbstract:This session takes the familiar technical Gang of Four pattern format but applies it to presentations using tools like Powerpoint and Keynote. Patterns are like the lower-level steps found inside recipes; they are the techniques you must master to be considered a master chef or master presenter. You can use the patterns in this session to construct your own recipes for different contexts, such as business meetings, technical demonstrations, scientific expositions and keynotes, just to name a few. This session shows lots of patterns and antipatterns, things you should avoid doing in presentations. Each pattern is introduced with a memorable name, a definition, and a brief explanation of motivation. Attendees learn where the pattern applies, the consequences of applying it, and how to apply it. The authors also identify critical antipatterns: clichés, fallacies, and design mistakes that cause presentations to disappoint. These problems are easy to avoid – once you know how.