The worst thing that could happen when you have ‘hands on’ presentation

I love ‘hands on’ presentation they are so awesome and give so damn god impression. I’ve decided to prepare such presentation on Warsjawa 2010. Now I know how much self control and cold blood is needed to give such presentation.

Before Warsjawa conference I’ve prepared a list of features that I would like to show, I even write down list of steps that I should follow during presentation. All demos was two or three times repeated and trained … it looks like nothing bad could happen … ‘but’, yes there always is this short lite word ‘but’.

Presentation starts smoothly and with every minute I been more self confident … until 15th or 20th minute when I was smashed out, just blow away. I was showing merge support and it appears that during three-way merge one of line in example file were deleted. Actually it should be marked as conflicting because I’ve made a small mistake any way this shouldn’t be that way. I was there sitting in front of 50 100 or more persons with a nearly discovered bug in core merge functionality … this is a situation that nobody would like to face it. I can’t just go away, that wasn’t a solution … Actually I stay there and even manage to finish presentation and show History and Repositories view, tagging, resetting  and even some other stuff like gerrit and it integration with hudson.

I’ve already create a ticket for this bug in bugzilla and I hope that during next presentation in Szczecin such problems did not occur …

6 Comments The worst thing that could happen when you have ‘hands on’ presentation

  1. Ian Bull

    Ahh, Demo Syndrome. I’ve seen some of biggest names in software fail epically during a live demo (and I’ve had my share of #fails too). Try not to worry too much about this. It’s hard line to walk — you want to show the bleeding edge stuff and not just a scripted demo, but sometimes you go a little too far over the edge ;). I’m sure the next demo will be better.

  2. Jacek Laskowski

    One correction: there were way over 50 people (I’d even go as far as claiming that there were almost 100 people watching your steps – rises and falls :)). It’s all recorded so you’ll be able to watch it again, this time as a attendee not a presenter.

  3. Dariusz Łuksza

    @Ian Bull
    Tanks Ian 😉 I’m sure that next demo will be better. It is already set up on 28th of October and I’ll have much more time to get used to audience because before demo I’ll speak a little bit about git it self 😉

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