Over the last year I've been working on building better relationships with our local universities. I see this serving two purposes. Firstly, it provides an avenue for promoting Ephox and subsequently using this self-promotion as a means to attract high quality staff. Secondly, it is a way to give back to the industry and help attract more people into IT.
So as part of this outreach, I jumped at the opportunity to present as a guest lecturer at QUT recently. The subject, Core Project Management, has provision for guest lecturers so we took up the offer to present two lectures.
Damien presented last week on the topic of requirements gathering in a product company and yesterday I presented the differences in project management between a product company and a project (professional services) company.
It was the first time I'd given a lecture so it was a little daunting initially. Once I got started and found my groove, it all flowed together nicely. Unfortunately I had little feedback from the students on how useful they found what I presented. The lecturer however seemed happy with both the clarity and topic. Overall I'm happy with how it went and look forward to other opportunities to speak.