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NANOG Meeting Presentation Abstract

Tutorial: Whiteboarding 101
Meeting: NANOG60
Date / Time: 2014-02-11 9:30am - 11:00am
Room: Plaza Ballroom
Presenters: Speakers:

Matthew F. Ringel, Akamai Technologies

Matt Ringel is an Enterprise Architect at Akamai Technologies, specializing in full-system performance consulting for websites. Matt’s career spans 15 years, having worked as a network engineer at BBN Planet and Tufts University. He has written papers on Network Operations Theory, Coherent Naming Schemes, and How to Fire a System Administrator, and maintains a blog focusing on how technically-minded people communicate and work with each other. He has also unintentionally written a compiler in Perl. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Columbia, and is currently finishing his Masters in Engineering Management from Tufts.
Abstract: The “whiteboard talk” represents one of the key ways that engineers can communicate ideas in a concise and educational way to colleagues. More than a classroom lecture or a slide presentation, a whiteboard talk is a combination of several disciplines including teaching, storytelling, and improvisational acting.
In this interactive tutorial, the attendees will learn (through discussion and breakout sessions) how to organize a whiteboard discussion, how to avoid popular pitfalls, and how to make sure that their audience walks away with the knowledge that the attendee wants them to have. These topics include how to narrow down the scope of a topic (both in terms of the topic itself and the level of abstraction), how to build the knowledge model for the talk, how to define terms for different audiences, and how to handle difficult audience members.
Files: pdfWhiteboarding 101(PDF)
youtubeWhiteboarding 101
Sponsors: None.

Back to NANOG60 agenda.

NANOG60 Abstracts

  • Datacenter Track
    Moderators:
    Martin Hannigan, Akamai Technologies, Inc.; Daniel Golding, Iron Mountain;
  • Datacenter Track
    Moderators:
    Martin Hannigan, Akamai Technologies, Inc.; Daniel Golding, Iron Mountain;
  • BGP 101
    Speakers:
    Dawit Birhanu, Cisco Systems;
  • BGP 102
    Speakers:
    Dawit Birhanu, Cisco Systems;

 

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