I was surprised to know that i am presenting a product this week at the oracle user conference HROUG.hr
A colleague and me were supposed to hold a talk about creating our latest web app, a nursery management app created using Ruby on Rails and Oracle XE. As we thought, the talk was canceled and we were free of all obligation. But no, this saturday, 5 days before the talk, i was reviewing the agenda and found out the talk is on. So what can i do?
I will walk you through the steps, though they shouldn’t be used unless you are in a crunch, and it is not longer than an hour, luckily my talk is only half an hour.
- Gather as much irrelevant info about the company and the client (our somewhat of a manager sorted that out)
- If you are the developer, try to talk as much as you can about the technology and its integration (I love Rails so that is no problem)
- Scrape out the basic workflow of the application you are presenting, user experience and why is something done in that way.
- Take as much screenshots as it takes
- Talk about details in the application, and finally leave at least 5 minutes for the audience to ask questions.
I managed to cramp all that into 30 minutes, i will update this post after i’m done thursday morning, to write how the talk went.
Lesson for everyone: Know your talking schedule at least one month before you are doing a talk, this way you can prepare and practice.
Update: The talk went surprisingly well, the hall was almost full, with 24 people listening. I haven’t got my reviews yet, but i feel they will be great for my first conference talk.