‘Presentations’ Category Archives

3
Oct

PHPNW2015 Keynote: Stealing People Lessons from Artificial Intelligence

by Meri in Conferences, Leadership, Management, Personal Development, Presentations

Thanks for the warm and lively welcome PHPNW 2015. Thoroughly enjoyed kicking off with the opening keynote. Slides & links to the books mentioned below.

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31
May

TDD for Speaking

by Meri in Conferences, Personal Development, Presentations

One of the things I love about test driven development is that you define what something should do, what purpose it should have, before you implement it. So before you write any feature code, you’ve understood what needs to be achieved by a user. This is often a better way of exploring user needs, and the potential grey areas in particular, than detailed written requirements might be.

A couple of years back I took to using this same approach for writing talks. Rather than starting with what I had to say, I started with what questions the audience might have. What do they want to learn? Who will be at this particular conference? What will they likely know? What knowledge, experiences & skills do I have that would best add to what they already know and can do?

This approach has paid off in a multitude of ways. Rather than trying to shoehorn an existing talk into a conference proposal, I think more about what the attendees will want to learn. I genuinely think I deliver better talks as a result. And often big chunks of existing talks I’ve done fit in with that new set of needs; so I think more of the chunks of narrative, tools & info than in terms of whole talks.

It also has the advantage that I can write the proposal long before I ever write the talk. Usually when I submit to a conference, or am discussing with an organiser who’s approached me, I end up with a good summary of what the talk will be and what people will take away at the end. The written description serves as my own test that I refer back to: am I achieving what this description promises? Does this talk answer those questions? Will people walk away with the understanding we committed they would?

And lastly, it’s pushed me to tailor talks much more to the specific conferences and associated audiences. To be braver in proposing talks that will be more useful (but may be less comfortable for me personally).

In short: thinking of conference proposals & talk descriptions like we do tests in TDD helps a speaker focus on what the audience needs to learn, rather than just what one has to say.

This post was inspired by those fine folk who run the Technically Speaking newsletter, which I’d heartily recommend you subscribe to.

19
Mar

My Monolith is Melting talk from PIPELINE CONF 2015

by Meri in Conferences, Leadership, Operations, Presentations

Thanks for the enthusiastic reception at PIPELINE CONF today. Here are my slides from my talk:

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29
Jan

Stealing PM Lessons from Artificial Intelligence – DPM UK

by Meri in Conferences, Leadership, Management, Presentations, Project Management

Thanks for the great reception at DPM UK today; and for all the folks who braved the snow!

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10
Oct

Baking In Accessibility — Fronteers 2014

by Meri in Conferences, Development, Diversity, Presentations, Web Design & Development

Thank you so much to the Fronteers Conf 2014 crew for inviting me to Amsterdam to speak about hacking people & process to make accessibility and other good practice intrinsic in how we work.

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6
Oct

Stealing Project Management Lessons from Artificial Intelligence

by Meri in Conferences, Diversity, Leadership, Management, Personal Development, Presentations, Project Management

I was delighted to speak today at the Digital Project Management Summit 2014 in Austin, Texas. Below are my slides, and the links to the books and resources that I mentioned.

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5
Sep

Awesome People Management with Agile

by Meri in Conferences, Diversity, Management, Personal Development, Presentations

As promised, here are my slides from my Agile on the Beach 2014 talk.

I also mentioned my Coaching & Mentoring talk which you can find here (including video kindly published by the Dare Mini folks).

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21
May

Stealing Management Lessons from Artificial Intelligence

by Meri in Career, Conferences, Diversity, Leadership, Management, Presentations, Project Management, Publications

Was delighted to speak at Thinking Digital 2014 in my adoptive UK hometown of Newcastle.

As promised here are my slides:

I also mentioned my Coaching & Mentoring talk which you can find here (including video kindly published by the Dare Mini folks).

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