The Pattern to Design Patterns


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Anonymous at 21:56 on 10 Sep 2015

Ok, I can't think of any way to derail you with criticism.

Your talk was informative and energetic. It definitely did come at Design Patterns from a different approach that was thoroughly enjoyable.

Aside from taking my factory joke and adding the sleeves length=0 I would also suggest you add a tube top and a spaghetti strap shirt to your list of slides to get some more brains thinking. A tube top definitely does not adhere to the "upper-body cover" pattern previously set and it could prove more humorous to say why. Ok, maybe that was a derailment...On that note, add a slide of Janet Jackson's super bowl performance with Justin Timberlake "Do removable parts of the upper body cover adhere to our upper body cover pattern?"...moving on.

Tips to save time. Yes its great to have audience participation. If you want to call it a 'shirt' in your presentation take 5 seconds to give the audience time to make up long functional names, like 'upper body cover', or 'lightweight thing to protect the upper body from something and still provides mobility that may or may not have sleeves', and then quickly say something like "Yea, but we can do better. Lets just call it <pause for dramatic effect> a shirt" and flip to a slide that just says shirt (or whatever you want to call it). BOOM audience is engaged and participating, you've added humor and dramatic effect, AND you can continue your presentation with whatever name you chose to use. You want audience participation but you are still leading the conversation and you shouldn't let them derail you.

By far the best training I've had on design patterns! Chris took a different approach to teaching this topic and gave us a clear understanding of the why and where we can could use these patterns. Excellent voice, tone, and energy.

Anonymous at 12:28 on 11 Sep 2015

Good talk; good speaker.

Great talk. Chris had a very interesting and fun approach.

A very entertaining and thought provoking talk. Towards the end it seemed as if the nervousness was getting the best of you or you were just out of energy. However, that should go away with more practice.

Anonymous at 21:12 on 13 Sep 2015

I saw the reverse of a previous comment. The beginning of the talk seemed a little brisk, possibly due to nervousness? It seemed to subside as the talk went on. I like the way you engaged everyone. You made a relatively dry and super technical topic into something easy to digest. Great job!

Some talks try to give you an understanding of technical concepts through code examples and robotic documentation.

This talk served to expand the minds of those present by presenting design patterns in a completely new way.

High quality, I would be happy to attend this talk at a developer conference.

Great talk. Only twist I would put into it is that maybe starting with the ugly sweater for the pattern would make it even more fun.

Anonymous at 11:06 on 17 Sep 2015

That was a great talk, and I thought your tone, pace and speaking ability were all excellent.

As far as content goes, the talk was solid as is, however I found myself wishing there were some more actionable programming examples to really connect the ideas back to programming. Not code examples, since those just bog things down usually, but I really enjoyed the parts of the talk where we went through something, and then you connected it back to a some experience you had with a programming pattern.

Thinking back, that happened more as the talk went on, so maybe have that a little more up front as well.

Sometimes we go to a meet up because we think the subject is great but then the speaker is boring, which makes people sleepy and not focused on the subject. That's not your case. You came with an interesting subject but also you speak very well, with a excellent energy and a good and easy way to explain. I like it! Keep speaking!