We started the event with a speaker/volunteer dinner at the home of Kevin Kline (former PASS President, current MVP,and all around good guy). Aside it being a looong way out from downtown Nashville, it was a great evening, people inside and outside, burgers, bbq, and all the sides, and even banana pudding. Thanks Kevin! A […]Read more "Notes on SQLSaturday #51"
In 2009 we had a contentious election cycle at PASS, and I won’t go through the details again, but because of that I saw two things; we needed greater transparency, and for what I feel was the first time the SQL community took on the task of vetting and discussing the candidates. The latter point […]Read more "PASS Update #41 (Elections)"
I’ll actually be going up a couple days early for a PASS Board meeting, then shifting to speaker/attendee mode Friday night for SQLSaturday #51. Lots of old friends on the schedule, looking forward to catching up and it will also be my first trip to Nashville. If you’re attending hope you’ll say hello.Read more "I’m Attending SQLSaturday #51 in Nashville"
I found Career Warfare: 10 Rules for Building a Successful Personal Brand on the Business Battlefield by David D’Alessandro ($12@ Amazon) in the audio section at the library, one of those happy occurrences when I’m looking with no particular item in mind, just something interesting to listen to while I drive. I’m fan of personal […]Read more "Book Review: Career Warfare: 10 Rules for Building a Successful Personal Brand on the Business Battlefield"
I’m flying to Nashville today for the Board meeting on August 19 and 20, 2010. I had already planned to attend the SQLSaturday in Nashville, so for once the schedule aligned nicely. I’m hoping that is something we can do more of, good for the Board to be in town to see grass roots in […]Read more "PASS Board Meeting This Week"
I’ve been managing oPASS since we re-hydrated it back in early 2007. Seems like a long time ago! We’ve made some progress and the group is stable, just not growing as much as I had hoped. That could be us, could be the region, hard to know. Jack Corbett joined me a while back as […]Read more "Changes at OPASS"
Had my final follow up call with Don Gabor, took one more run through the networking and speaker stuff (Don went to SQLSaturday #40). Might have some repeats from earlier posts, trying to capture and burn into my brain at least. Less than 50% of attendees had business cards. Some options are to insert a […]Read more "Still More Notes on Networking at SQLSaturday"
I wrote the value of blogging hoping to highlight the less often discussed value of practicing writing. Too often we look at blogs solely as a branding tool, or as a way to make money, or to get a zillion hits. Nothing wrong with any of those and I wouldn’t even discourage anyone from trying […]Read more "The Value of Blogging – Today on SQLServerCentral"
I get a fair amount of email in a week; stuff about work, stuff for oPASS, stuff for PASS, stuff for SQLSaturday, various newsletters (technical and other), and a few that fall into miscellaneous – a link to an interesting blog post, an invite to lunch, etc. Lately I’ve been trying to reduce the volume […]Read more "Reducing My Email Workload"
Passing along this contest from Idera and MSSQLTips. I don’t do many plugs, but it’s a chance for someone to go to the PASS Summit that otherwise would not – and that is a good thing! http://www.mssqltips.com/pass_giveaway_entry.aspRead more "A Chance to Win a Free Trip to the PASS Summit"