Find a compelling dramatic story in which your area/product/technology plays a key role and structure your presentation around that story
Corporate politics.Lack of shared values.Weak communication skills.These, and many others, are reasons why most IT projects fail.IT project success rate 1994: 15%IT project success rate 2004: 34%In 1994, 75% of projects failed to meet customer expectations, 30% never see the light of day. 50% are 200% over budget.Most projects are challenged on the basis of lack of “soft skills”, not hard skills.We tend to worry so much on our technical skills, that we tend to forget this “tiny aspect”. Our employers forget this too, so maybe this is a problem.
“ Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication --- Leonardo Da Vinci
Despite my efforts, my firstdry-run was a disaster
I had strong images, but lack of structure confused the audience
At first, I created a “logical” outline Main Point: Agility + Communication + Creativity lead to success 1. Supporting detail: Agility 2. Supporting detail: Communication 3. Supporting detail: Creativity Summary: Agility + Communication + Creativity lead to success
Let’s “script” the first 5 slides Screenwriting techniques for crafting outstanding presentations The downturn threatens the future of many individuals and organizations You are an entrepreneur, meeting an investor for the first time I suggests… Move beyond bullet pointsUnleash the Power of StoryTame your story to persuade You’d love them to invest in your great idea Investors can be so hard to persuade
E.g. Reverse Benefits Features Model View Controller Benefits Separation of concerns Easier page lifetime model Testability Reversed Benefits No separation of concerns Complex lifetime cycle Hard (or no) testability E.g.: Candidate Scenario 1 After the latest disastrous crash, team has 3 weeks to “fix” a web application which is almost impossible to test