I’m in a dilemma. Should I use “proper Powerpoint” for my Virtual Team Building talk at Agile By Example tomorrow?
I was pretty determined to do so, changing my strong preference for flipchart-only.
It seemed like a no-brainer: I’m talking about metaphor, and using visuals; these Agile enthusiasts are passionate about visualising everything; therefore I should add lots of shiny on-screen pictures to the mix.
It’s likely to be a big group, maybe up to 200: at the very least there needs to be a couple of slides with activity instructions. So I thought I might as well go the whole hog, and spent ages sourcing pictures.
I did a test run at a workshop in Birmingham last week and it seemed to go OK. I even bought myself a clicker.
Here’s what I used at my pre-conference workshop in Warsaw yesterday:
- At Lean Agile Scotland last week there were a few people who didn’t use Powerpoint. They seemed to be regarded as brave and avant-garde. Why would I be going the other way?
- I got a new gadget! I can now draw to the projector screen as easily as I would on a flip chart, or project previously hand-drawn slides. (See slide 18 above).
- Halfway through yesterday’s workshop, Powerpoint on my laptop froze solid. It seems to be making a habit of that, and I don’t know why. Maybe it’s all the big images!
I could easily switch to the new gadget, and go all hand-drawn. Is that me being lazy, or sensible?
So, here’s what I ended up with: