Andy Pols CTO, Entrepreneur

Extreme Presentations

Chris Stevenson and I wondered how we could pair-present our experience report at XP2004. It seems appropriate that you pair on a XP presentation.

We are both very spontaneous and did not relish the idea of scripting the whole talk. If you don’t do some planning there is a danger that one person does all the talking, or forgets some key points. It can get real messy!

Chris hit on the idea of using a chess-clock (swing app on a laptop) to control how long we get to talk! We each had a minute of talking before we tapped the clock and passed control over to the other speaker. If we went over a minute the clock went red.

It worked. We finished dead on time. Lots of people came up to us and said they enjoyed it. Extreme Presentations anyone? I feel a book coming on.

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