PowerPoint Karaoke (or table topics?)

At the recent ProductCamp Ottawa, one of the submitted topic was PowerPoint Karaoke – something with which I was not familiar. The description seemed interesting, but there were other topics to attend. I actually don’t even remember whether it was one of the picked topics – or maybe it was running at the same time as mine – but that does not matter. I decided to look this up and found a good description (with tips) and this SXSW 2008 recording (they call it “BattleDecks” but it’s the same thing):

This seems like a lot of fun! Back when I was a member of a ToastMasters club, we had this thing called “table topics” where you were given a topic and then, without preparation, had to talk for 40-60 seconds about that topic. This is a similar idea, but with a set of PowerPoint slides! I used to enjoy table topics, I guess I would also enjoy this!

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Manifesto for Half-Arsed Agile Software Development

By now, everyone doing software (or product) development has heard of the Agile Manifesto (if not, you need to get out of your cave more often).

Like most process, one needs to apply an interative, incremental approach to process adoption. This is why we get something like the Manifesto for Half-Arsed Agile Software Development.

It would be so funny if it were not so true…