Day 70 – Final Demo Prep

Tonight I have spent another evening doing preparation work for the demo I am presenting tomorrow. Maybe I’m a bit too much of a perfectionist, but it just doesn’t feel right to give a presentation without planning out what is important to cover, and how I make it all into a cohesive whole.

And then fit it within the allotted 20 minutes of time.

There will be other sessions that other developers may present on the detailed intricacies of parts of the material I am just going to gloss over, but I still need to make sure this presentation paints a compelling picture why our common libraries add so much value to our software development.

I’ve decided on a mix of slides to paint the broader context, and hands-on demos for the pieces where “show, don’t tell” will bear more fruit.

And I’m hoping I can get through the material in closer to 15 minutes, so that there are also 15 minutes for questions not 10.

I have a suspicion that there will be questions about features I will not show. And any attempt to comprehensively cover them all would probably result in a full day presentation not just half an hour. I’d rather have questions drive a few more ad-hoc demo segments and be sure that I’ll cover whatever interests the people attending.

But now… I feel a little hazy, and I should stop thinking about this.

I went to another cycle class after work and before this prep-work. Three classes into cycle, it feels like it is getting easier but I still have a serious case of gym-brain.

Day 69 – Not As Fun As It Sounds

I am still a couple of months away from the first anniversary of my new management job. Over the past 10 months I have barely touched an IDE for anything more than a quick play.

Yesterday I installed Visual Studio 2013 RC, and today I am opening some libraries that have become only dim memories to have a poke around.

This Wednesday I am due to do a 20 minute presentation on the common code libraries that a lot of our applications were built on. I’m the expert on account of having written the bulk of the code in it. I am desperately trying to change that situation by encouraging them to replace anything that they consider broken or insufficient.

Although this angle hasn’t borne too much fruit yet, I’m now doubling down by adding some education to hopefully make the work ahead more visible and more in-demand.

In short, I’m kinda-sorta having a good evening with code that I haven’t seen in what feels like years. However, it *is* work, and I should be watching TV, reading a book, or shooting something.

I hope to find some time in the near future to do something substantive with the IDE though, and hopefully drop it into a public repository somewhere.