Pecha Kucha is a lesser-known method of delivering concise, fast-paced presentations. Pecha Kucha in Japanese means 'chit-chat'.
The Pecha Kucha presentation style - similar to lightning talks - focuses on a few simple rules:
20 seconds per slide (and slides are advanced automatically)
Slides are usually low on text, and are often just images to (hopefully, dramatically!) illustrate a powerful point to the audience.
Pecha Kucha (PK) Presentations are often done in groups. There are often multiple-speaker PK nights and meetups where people can come and learn a little bit about a lot of different topics. You can learn more about Pecha Kucha and watch a bunch of interesting presentations here.
I love the idea of these, and they borrow much from Agile/Lean thinking. I love the time-box constraints imposed, and the creativity they force as a consequence. Plus they eliminate waste!
Just 400 seconds (6 mins 40 seconds) to get your point across…
“Be sincere, Be brief, Be seated.”
― Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Downloadable Pecha Kucha Templates
While not especially difficult to create, I've created a bunch of blank templates for both Microsoft PowerPoint and Apple's Keynote. Each template has 20 blank slides with a 20 second automatic advance on each slide. I've included a deck for both 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios:
Download, drop in your images and practice! And, I'd love to hear/see some agile-themed PKs...