VCDX Presentation Layout

You’ve submitted your design and your brain is fried. Now you are faced with creating the most detailed but the most to-the-point slide deck you have ever created. It will include close to 100% important content. Well at least the first part. More on that later.

A VCDX slide deck can include anything you like, as long as you get your message through and cover the whole design. Everyone has a different presentation style and you should follow what works best for you. The only thing that needs to be consistent is time cause that’s the only thing you don’t have a lot of during the defense.

My slide deck included the following layout:

  • VCDX Defense Slides: 22 Slides.
  • VCDX Deep Dives: 62 Slides
  • VCDX Alternatives: 8 Slides

That’s a lot of slides, and in the end I only used 2-4 of the Deep Dive and Alternative slides, but I don’t consider creating those slide “wasted time” since I learned a lot creating the slide deck itself. Creating extra slides is therefore not a bad use of your time (not mentioning all the nice diagrams you can later use in projects)

My slide deck was based on a lot of recommendations from Rene Van Den Bedem, VCDX 133, which was my mentor as well.
I recommend reading this post from his blog:
It has really good pointers that I thoroughly followed. And he also has a very detailed VCDX section that I fully recommend reading, at least twice.

The following posts will cover each section of the section layout in detail.

There are a lot of good information out there on VCDX presentations, so make sure you visit all the other ones as well for good advice. These are some of the ones I read at least twice:

  • Josh Odgers – VCDX90 –
  • Niran Even-Chen – VCDX142 –
  • Matt Vandenbeld – VCDX107 –
  • Brent Meadows – VCDX110 –
  • Safouh Kharrat – VCDX136 –


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