I was invited to speak at Microsoft’s Asian Pacific Leadership conference last week, an internal employee only event, and spoke in the McKinley room to a swell crowd of about 300 people. It was a nice event – kudos to all the organizers.
At the end of the talk, late in Q&A, someone asked about schedule estimation. You know, tricks for how to better predict how long things take.
After hemming and hawing, I mentioned wideband delphi, a good technique for teams.
The gentleman asking the question looked confused. I asked the audience. No one had heard of it either.
So I then say the last thing you should say:
“Oh. Just Google it.”
The entire crowd gave me a good spirited “booooo”. Had there been a list of 5 things not to say, other than to ask about Vista PR or Zune marketshare, this would have been top of the list.
Which I thought was embarrassing, but funny. I find it funny when I do really innocent, but stupid things. I apologized, and felt bad, but it is in it’s way, comedy. A few people yelled out “Live Search!” to try and help me out. But I’d already blown it.
Hey, this stuff happens, especially during the spontiniety of Q&A.