Anti-Pattern Name: Death by (Technical) Presentations
A presentation on a technical topic contains many, many slides of tightly packed text with overly complex diagrams that are difficult to read close up let alone from any distance away.
Symptoms and Consequences:
- You’re invited along to a presentation where the architecture will be “presented”.
- The presentation consists of 167 slides in mainly 12pt font with closely packed words on each page.
- The presenter often says things like “I’m sorry you can’t see this from the back” or ” I’m going to skip over this slide as it’s not really relevant”.
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- Architectures should be created as models in a legitimate modelling tool. It’s okay to cut and paste pictures into a presentation tool such as PowerPoint as long as they can easily be viewed and are meaningful.
- Make sure presentations are consistent in their use of layout, colour and fonts.
- Don’t attempt to put all the information in a presentation. Refactor to contain the key points only.
- Put the detailed information in handouts which are given out after the presentation.
See Pattern #4