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September 15, 2007 2467 comments so far

pecha-kucha for Project Status Meetings?

When browsing through Wired Magazine I came across a short article about "pecha-kucha" - a kind of simple set of presentation rules originating recently from Japan: I was wondering if pucha-kucha could be used to speed up project status meetings.

According to Wired, pecha-kucha means "chatter" in Japanese and is a presentation technique created by two Tokio-based architects (Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein, both originally from Europe). The basic idea of pecha-kucha is to limit a presentation to exactly 20 slides where each slide is presented exactly for 20 seconds, i.e., each presentation then lasts for 400 seconds (6 minutes and 40 seconds).

While the original background of pecha-kucha has a lot to do with art and fashion, I was wondering if one could use this technique to speed up project status meetings? The format of the presentation would force the project manager to really keep to the point and concentrate on the most important status information and issues. In addition, it would force the audience to wait with questions until they heard the whole presentation.

I think that this presentation format combined with a standard template for all status presentations of a particular project could maybe make project status meetings much more productive. What do you think: Could this work? Would it make sense for your projects?