Matt has done formal presentations to audiences as large as three hundred and as small as six. In 2012 alone, he will be giving a keynote speech at the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference, a keynote speech at Agile Testing Days Potsdam, serving as lead organizer for Test Coach Camp, leading a panel discussion at the Software Test Professionals Conference – and those are just the speaking assignments he had booked by December 2011!
In addition to public speeches, Matt also does training[link], private workshops[link?] and private presentations, including company, department, or team staff meetings, lunch and learn sessions, and so on. One of his more popular formats is to provide a day of on-site training to a specialized group (testers, developers, project managers, or an entire integrated product team) combined with a one-hour presentation to a large group.
When he is presenting, yes, Matt can be humorous and motivational, but his main focus is on outcomes — what the audience will do differently after the presentation is over. His goal is generally to equip people to try new approaches and techniques, or to challenge the status quo and eliminate waste and confusion.
But why read how Matt presents when you can listen to Matt’s Keynote presentation at The Indianapois QA Conference, or watch the video from his presentation with Sean McMillan at the Google Test Automation Conference.
That’s right. Matt and Sean were invited to present about testing at Google’s New York Office in 2007. Since that time, he spent three years at Socialtext, where the automation framework he worked on was featured as a case study in an O’Reilly book on Beautiful Testing and featured as a case study at the 2009 Agile Conference. While he was working at Socialtext, Matt spent two years teaching information systems at night as an adjunct at Calvin College. Not for the money — there certainly wasn’t much of that — but to practice and experiment with presentation skills, over and over, each and every week.
If you’d like to have Matt speak to your group, start by contacting him on our website, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.