ThoughtWorker / Software Architect / Meme
Software Consultant / Speaker / Writer
Neal Ford is Director, Software Architect, and Meme Wrangler at
ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy with a focus on end-to-end software development and delivery. He is also the designer
and developer of applications, articles, video/DVD presentations, and
author and/or editor of an increasingly large number of books spanning
a variety of subjects and technologies, including the most recent Presentation
Patterns. His professional focus includes designing and building of large-scale enterprise applications. He is
also an internationally acclaimed speaker, speaking at over 300
developer conferences worldwide, delivering more than 2000
presentations. You can email Neal at nford at thoughtworks.com.
The purpose of this site is twofold. First, it is an informational site about my professional
life, including appearances, articles, presentations, etc. For this
type of information, consult the news page (this page) and
the Biography page.
The second purpose for this site is to serve as a forum for the things I enjoy and want to share with the rest of the world. This includes (but is not limited to) reading (Book Club), Triathlon, and Music. This material is highly individualized and all mine!
Please feel free to browse around. I hope you are entertained and
enlightened by what you find.
Techniques for Crafting Better Presentations
You've read about how presentations are like a state of mind, how
color wheels work, and what type of isolated high-resolution stock
photos to obtain, but how is that helping you with the marketing
presentation due next week? This book holds the answers,
derived from thousands of hours of presentations by the authors. It
is the first book on presentations that categorizes and organizes the
building blocks, which we call patterns, required to
communicate effectively using presentation tools. If you are a
software geek (like us), this will make it clear: we've applied the
GoF Design Patterns concept to presentations. We show you how to
handle a wide variety of presentation types, audiences, constraints,
and even surprises. Unlike other books, we also show you what
not to do (anti-patterns), which are just as important
as the positive recommendations; modern presentation tools seduce you
into doing bad things and we show you how to avoid the traps.
and other fine book sellers.
ThoughtWorks Anthology Volume 2
More Essays on Software and Technology
Compiled by Neal Ford
Edited by: Michael Swaine
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Pragmatic Press; 1st edition (August 2012)
When you hit a rough spot in software development, it's nice to know
that someone has been there before. The domain experts at ThoughtWorks
share what they've learned in this anthology, bringing together the
best field-tested insights in IT and software development. You'll
benefit from their experience in areas from testing to information
visualization, from object oriented to functional programming, from
incremental development to driving innovation in delivery. You'll find
yourself referring to this collection of solved problems whenever you
need an expert's insight.