The technical aspect of public speaking: coming on stage

Posted by Joep Weijers on February 7, 2020

Your presentation starts in a few minutes. It is your time to shine. You plug in your laptop and nothing happens. No slides on the big screen behind you. An already stressful moment becomes even more stressed. You’re starting to lose your audience.

Nobody wants to be in this situation. Here are some tips to make getting on stage a smooth process, even if unexpected events occur.

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The technical aspect of public speaking: preparing slides

Posted by Joep Weijers on January 29, 2020

Public speaking can be pretty stressful. All eyes will be on you and the last thing you wish to happen is a problem with your slides or microphone. A flawless presentation requires proper preparation. We have gathered some best practices, drawn from practical experience, to help you prepare your presentation. With these tips and tricks you will confidently walk on-stage, knowing that slides and sound will not hamper your presentation.

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Preparing (and cheating on) an ignite talk

Posted by Joep Weijers on February 5, 2019

An igniting matchIn an ignite talk, a speaker has 20 slides to present a topic to you. The slides automatically advance every 15 seconds, so they have exactly 5 minutes to get their point across. Topics typically include quick pitches of software tools, methodologies, but fun topics are also game: I’ve seen a speed course Dutch, and a talk about coffee.
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6 ways to make your alerting less boring (and more effective!)

Posted by Joep Weijers on November 8, 2018

Imagine you are a developer and you have just pushed a change that breaks the build. The Continuous Integration system, Jenkins in our case, sends you an email to notify you about this failure. BORING! Here are six examples that you can use to spice up your alerting and motivate your Development and Operations teams to react to alerts faster.
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Pipelines: breaking the wall between Dev and Ops

Posted by Joep Weijers on October 11, 2017

At TOPdesk our Development department is working closely together with our Operations department. This collaboration started off a bit rough, but through several initiatives this was smoothed out. In this post I’d like to show how we used Deployment Pipelines to break down the wall between Development and Operations.

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Put EVERYTHING in version control!

Posted by Joep Weijers on March 15, 2017

Screenshot of Revision HistoryThe whole software world is backed by Version Control Systems, providing history and traceability to code changes. But you don’t have to restrict its usage to code. Read on to learn how TOPdesk enjoys the benefits of a VCS by employing it in 5 alternative ways.

1. Documentation:

You want your documentation to live as close as possible to the code it describes. Putting your documentation right next to the code in a VCS allows you to keep both up to date. People who work with a certain revision are automatically presented with the relevant documentation for that version.
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