Adobe Tech Summit 2015

Thoughts on the 2015 Adobe Tech Summit

Well, another Adobe Tech Summit has come and gone. This year’s Summit was my seventh time working with Adobe as the presentation trainer and coach for the Summit, and it was another great experience. At least, it was a great experience for me. I can’t speak for all of the presenters, but from what I saw at the Summit and from conversations I had with presenters after their talks, it was a great, if occasionally nerve-wracking, experience for them as well. (Such as when one presenter was informed that his product demo wouldn’t just be for his breakout session of 100 people, but had also been added to a general session of 2000 people! He did a great job, though, and he told me later that it sure made delivering his breakout session presentation a much easier and more relaxed experience!)

The Tech Summit is an internal Adobe conference of 2,000+ software engineers, computer scientists, product managers, program specialists, and others involved in the development and deployment of all the wonderful software that Adobe produces. The Tech Summit is a global conference, with attendees and presenters from all over the world. In the past, the Summit has been held at the San Jose Convention Center in downtown San Jose (California), but this year they changed the venue and held the Summit at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, which will be its home moving forward.

My duties for the Summit were to provide custom webinars, 1-on-1 coaching, and to review and provide feedback for all 150+ presentations that would be delivered. I created two custom webinars, one for newer presenters that focused on practical advice for creating a quality presentation with as little wasted time and energy as possible. The other webinar was for more experienced presenters, and introduced a variety of approaches and techniques for improving many different aspects of presentation design and delivery. I provided 1-on-1 coaching as needed or requested, but by far the bulk of my time was spent in reviewing all of the presentations, most of which were reviewed at least twice.

I’ll talk more in a future post about some of the things I learned from this latest round of Tech Summit support, but I just want to end here by saying that the presenters did a great job, and that a lot of great information and great insights were shared at the Summit and that Adobe’s software products and development processes will be better for it. And that’s great news for all of us who use and love those products!

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