Ignite Talks

Ignite is an event meme. Several speakers give five minute talks, each of which are backed by 20 slides which advance every 15 seconds. Ignite talks educate and entertain; the time and format constraints break people out of the PowerPoint mindset into a vehicle of insight and wit. I attend Ignite events at Ignite Boulder which has had the largest crowds in the world.

Flip Your Org Chart: Trevor Stone's talk at Ignite Boulder 40

My second Ignite Boulder talk was about computer science trees, biology trees, and organization charts. I presented this at Ignite Boulder 40 on December 12, 2019. You can view the presentation deck online with Google Slides or download a copy as Keynote (59 MB), PowerPoint (36 MB), or PDF (34 MB). The presentation is shared under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.

Inspiration for this talk came in part from the Black Rock Rangers at Burning Man. The first time I attended a Ranger training I was struck by the characterization of the Rangers organizational chart as a "shit funnel" because shit flows downhill, so you want your most experienced folks lower in the funnel to deal with the messiest situations. I was drawn into this topic further by an article in McKinsey Quarterly called Big data in the age of the telegraph about the first org chart ever put to paper, Daniel McCallum's organization chart for the New York–Erie Railroad. It documented the flow of information between regional branch lines and the central office. The branch lines have flexibility to manage their operations and workforce, reporting back to the central office and the board who can make strategic investments and whose role is to support the tree from the ground. You can explore a high-res copy of this original org chart at Wikimedia Commons. And if you're ever on the island of Maui, be sure to check out the wonderful banyan tree in the town of Lahaina. Its dozen trunks allow the tree to take up an entire city block, creating a wonderful community space.

Money and Other Useful Myths: Trevor Stone's talk at Ignite Boulder 14

On March 3rd, 2011, I spoke at Ignite Boulder with a talk titled Money and Other Useful Myths. Here are the slides: 31 MB OpenOffice or 1 MB PDF, made available under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license. The video is available on YouTube in the IgniteBoulder channel.

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