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Pecha Kucha: My first attempt

The first time I came across the Pecha Kucha style of presenting was at the XP 2010 conference during the Agile Suitcase session where Pat Kua and some others talked about the practices, principles and values they most favoured.

I’ve never done one before but as part of the preparation work for ThoughtWorks University each of the trainers had to prepare one which we then presented to each other yesterday.

Despite the format being different than a normal presentation I still think the general idea of presenting any information applies - if you can tell it as a story then you have a much greater chance of keeping people’s attention.

This was advice that I first got from Erik Doernenburg almost 2 years ago when I was preparing to give an F# presentation.

I guess everyone has their theories and guidelines of what makes a good presentation but for me the underlying idea is that it has to be fun for me to present.

If it isn’t then it’s going to be really difficult for it to be fun to listen to.

These were some of the things I learnt from the whole process:

Preparation

Delivery

Overall I think this is a really cool presentation style and one that I think should be used more often.

Someone actually suggested we should get the ThoughtWorks management to give their monthly update reports in this format which would certainly be fascinating to see.

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