Death by PowerPoint is the bane of every staff officer, and not a few NCOs. Now Microsoft itself is sending a troubleshooter to the Army to help the get the most out of PPT, without killing every pixel in the universe.
…Karle isn’t trying to get the Army to use Microsoft’s presentation software. PowerPoint is already ubiquitous within the Army — to the chagrin of many an officer. Karle’s mission is much harder: stopping the Army from using it stupidly.
“I’m chasing the bad ideas out of presentations,” Karle tells Danger Room by phone from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He’s there for a meeting at the Combined Arms Center, the Army’s central nervous system for writing and spreading its doctrine. Working with an Army major at the Center, John Roberson, Karle — himself a 15 year Army veteran who served in Iraq — has come up with what he alternately calls Modern Presenter or the Modern Presentation Method, all to revive the poor headquarters officers who’ve suffered Death By PowerPoint.
How bad are some slides?
Pretty bad. Mind you, a lot of that is because of the complexity the services have managed to build into relatively simple concepts, but you get the point.