The role of PASS in the community has evolved a lot over the past few years. Back in 2006/2007 PASS was mainly about the Summit and trying to grow new chapters, not a lot of emphasis on doing more for chapters and not much interest in a day based event like SQLSaturday. In those days […]Read more "PASS, Evangelism, Goals, Dreams"
The first sign of spring in Florida is the leaves falling from the oak trees. Tons of leaves, leaves everywhere, definitely a pain to keep up with, yet it’s worth it for the next part – in the next week or so I expect – when the large oak in my front yard puts on […]Read more "Spring in Florida"
Have you ever voted against something only to be glad later you got out voted? Too many years ago the idea of a question of the day for SQLServerCentral came up for discussion. I was against the idea not because it was a bad idea, but because it is one more thing to do every […]Read more "Write The Perfect Question (Of The Day)"
Speaker dinner at Spaghetti Warehouse was packed. Great crowd, not such great service. At 8:45 pm we still had not had a chance to order dinner. With a crowd of 40+ its challenging to get a good venue that can handle the service and provide an environment conducive to networking. Event leaders, think hard about […]Read more "Notes From SQLSaturday #273"
Here’s a list of free presentation software I ran across, maybe worth a few minutes to get out of the Powerpoint rut. Emaze looks very interesting, as does SlideDog. Prezi is a lot of fun to watch.Read more "Free Presentation Software"
I’m looking forward to the trip to Tampa for SQLSaturday #273 this weekend. I’m driving down this afternoon to beat traffic and have time for a break before going to the speaker party. I have one presentation on the schedule – PCI for the SQL DBA – and the rest of the day will be […]Read more "SQLSaturday #273 In Tampa This Weekend"
Live notes from the meeting. Attendance is low tonight, about 10 people (though it was well advertised, I got quite a few reminders – a good thing) Yesterday was Karla Landrum’s birthday! Met two new people (one was a sponsor, that sort of counts) Good coverage of upcoming events, would like to see more push […]Read more "Notes From The February 2014 oPASS Meeting"
It’s good to remember that the ideas and challenges of mastering a craft – any craft – have been around a while. No, the world of IT doesn’t match exactly to building woodworking or cooking or anything else, but the path to mastery is really close to the same. It takes time, but not just […]Read more "Sometimes Cheaper Makes Sense / Mastering the Basics Always Does"
Hopefully you got the email today from PASS containing these: Volunteer Goals Program Goals SQLSaturday Goals Reading them I’m first struck that we often see goals set, but rarely see the end of year scorecard published the same prominence. Which are real goals and which are stretch goals? Are there stretch goals, or are they […]Read more "PASS Goals Published"
Nothing better than finding a script that does something you need done and often done better than what you’d put together to just get it done right then. If you solve a problem consider publishing the script. Even if it has been done a dozen times, maybe there is something about your way that be […]Read more "If You Plan to Publish A SQL Script–Some Suggestions"