Agile2014 Gratitude

I really enjoyed meeting new people and seeing so many old friends at Agile2014 in Orlando. Thank you to everyone who attended my session, asked questions and provided feedback, which encouraged me and gave me ideas for future events.

Here is the feedback for "Teaching Agile to Management":

"Your session's recorded attendance was 80 attendees (at start), 76 (in the middle) and 76 (at the end). 37 attendees left feedback.

"The feedback questions are based on a 5 rating scale, with 5 being the highest score. Your average ratings are shown below:

  • Session Meets Expectations: 4.22
  • Recommend To Colleague: 4.22
  • Presentation Skills: 4.49
  • Command Of Topic: 4.73
  • Description Matches Content: 4.22
  • Overall Rating: 4.24"

The slide deck is available for download here. The Word file for the "Role-ing Doughnut Game" is also available. I print the file on Avery labels (10 to a sheet). I measure and cut 8 cards per sheet out of card stock sheets to mount the labels. The poster for the game is also available for download. I order 3' x 4' posters from FedEx Office.

Please share your experiences in the comments and feel free to send any questions our way.

productcampRTP 2014 Presentation

I enjoyed spending Saturday at pcampRTP and appreciated the opportunity to present Finding the Best Frameworks for Product Management. The concepts in the presentation have been percolating in my head for a long time and I finally had a great venue to get the ideas organized, expressed and validated through feedback from a terrific audience. The roadmapping concepts resonated most and I plan to follow up with several more posts on roadmaps.

I look forward to seeing the other presentations once they're shared by the organizers. Some highlights - Mark McClear from Cree delivered a great keynote about their LED light bulb history from a product adoption point of view. Greg Hopper presented a fantastic overview of Product Strategy Lessons from Apple - a light speed talk in over 90 slides in 40 minutes. I can see how his courses at Duke must interest students.

Steve Johnson will be at the next pcamp in Boston on May 3rd. I recommend attending if you're in the area since time at these camps is well spent. 

Set up a presenter’s login


We’ve all seen it. A “new mail” notification pops up during a presentation. It’s distracting. And it can also be disastrous. Imagine if the title of the email was “our idiot boss” or “customers are stupid.” Your presentation or demo is going to take a negative turn, doncha think?

Here’s another one to think about. You’re at a customer site or a conference and you run to the washroom. While you’re gone, anyone can your computer—because you always forget to lock it first, don’t you? They can get your confidential files or send an email message FROM YOU to your contacts.

It’s just dangerous and unprofessional to use your work setup for presentations.

Set up a presenter’s identity

The solution: set up another identity on your computer devoted to presentations.

Don’t set up email. Don’t set up twitter. Don’t set up any passwords. Don’t even have any of your bookmarks in the browser. Don’t put any personal files there. All you put in a presenter’s login is your presentations and the associated programs. (Some IT departments won’t allow this. But ask them anyway.)

The technique I use is to create a shared folder that both my main identity as well as my presenter identity can access. That way, all my presentation files are accessible from either ID. Alternatively you could set up Google Drive or Dropbox on both identities to keep the presentations folder synchronized… but you have to remember to sync before you go offline.

You can also personalize the two identities differently. In my case, I have an ever-changing desktop pattern in my main identity but I use the Applied Frameworks Planning Canvas as my desktop for all presentations.

Turn off Mirroring

And of course, I do not have my two screens mirrored.

Mirroring means that what you have on your data projector is the same as what’s on your laptop screen. I can put my notes on the laptop screen and the slides on the big screen. And nobody can see me fumbling around when I’m setting up. In Windows, go to Control Panel, Display Properties, and choose the Settings tab. On the Mac, go to System Preferences, then Displays, and make sure “Mirror Displays” is unchecked. (See screen shots below).

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