Recently a company called Boom announced that they were creating a supersonic aircraft to replace the Concorde, which hasn’t been in regular use since 2003. This called to mind a presentation slide deck I read last year talking about performance that referenced the Concorde.

The thrust of the presentation is that when we speak about performance, there are really two metrics we are conflating.

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Today, I want to talk about presentation techniques I learned last week during an excellent lunch talk given by a colleague, Tom Margolis. The talk was titled, “Cognitive Communication Coaching for Engineers”. Tom was a high school teacher before he became a software engineer, so he’s in a prime position to speak on this subject.

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I’m in the home stretch for my MBA studies. I’m taking advantage of the online studies program that Colorado State University offers (go Rams!). Today, I wanted to talk about in-class discussions. Applications of these techniques aren’t just limited to college courses. Companies could use this to talk about issues affecting multiple offices, too.

During my undergraduate days, there were courses in which I couldn’t wait for the in-class discussion. These days, as an online student, I dread them. What’s the difference?

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Not the Fruity logo, but I like grapefruit

Another tech review, this time a Ruby library. Fruity is a library for performance testing. You have probably heard of its better-known cousin, Benchmark.

When I’m interested in benchmarking, it’s usually for small methods. I’ll think of a different way to approach a problem, and then the thought will occur to me, “But is it performant?” Fruity is ideal for these kind of situations. But why might I want to import a library when Benchmark is built in?

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