I waited a week to write this, letting the experience settle some. Looking back, it wasn’t a terrible experience. Content was findable and as far as I could tell delivered without many issues, which is the main goal of any educational event. Networking felt like an after thought poorly executed, not at all a first […]Read more "Notes on the PASS 2020 Virtual Summit – Conclusions"
Mostly Friday notes here. This morning I was the moderator for Continuous Integration with Local Agents and Azure DevOps by Steve Jones. The way the Summit worked this year is that the speaker, moderator, and support staff would all join a Zoom call and then the Zoom call was streamed back to Cadmium and out […]Read more "Notes on the 2020 PASS Virtual Summit – Part 6"
Last night (Tuesday) was the main reception and then “networking bubbles”. The reception consisted of DJ Leanne playing assorted music (and seeming to have a good time doing so) with a chat window for attendees and a bartender/mixer (mixologist?) making a few variations of a SQL Sipper .Reading that, it probably feels underwhelming and I […]Read more "Notes on the 2020 PASS Virtual Summit – Part 4"
Tuesday notes! Today I’m in Execution Plans in Depth by Hugo Kornelis. Notes: Today the presenter is using the Cadmium/EventScribe platform instead of GotoWebinar Started off with a lot of people not being able to hear the presenter, that was fixed quickly Being able to see questions and comments is nice. Not much traffic there […]Read more "Notes on the 2020 PASS Virtual Summit – Part 3"
It’s just over 30 days to the 2020 PASS Summit and that is plenty of time to get the boss to say yes, but you have to ask! I point that out because a lot of people don’t ask and if you don’t ask, it’s the rare manager who is going to remember (or care) […]Read more "Getting Your Employer to Pay for the PASS Summit"
I know that we don’t yet know how the 2020 Summit will turn out, but I’ll make some guesses: A lot of people like it for the lower cost, no travel, and lower stress A lot of people will still want the in-person option if it’s available next year (or whenever) I know, not exactly […]Read more "Thinking About the 2021 PASS Summit"
Some thoughts on the PASS Virtual Summit this year: Clearly the in-person option wasn’t doable. Just too hard to know infection rate, local rules, employer travel guidelines, attendee and speaker risk tolerance – all factors. Plus, social distancing is really the antithesis of what the in-person event is about. That leaves the option of going […]Read more "Thoughts on the PASS Virtual Summit"
This was the 20th PASS Summit, a decent milestone! Interesting to pause and think, what will the Summit look like in another 20 years? Notes from this year: Flew out on Monday, uneventful. Arrived in Seattle around 1130 and was able to get my room right away at the Motif. Good start to the week. […]Read more "Notes From the 2018 PASS Summit (v20)"
I’ll have several more posts this week on specific activities at the Summit, but wanted to start with how the trip went personally: I flew out Monday instead of Sunday. Whether it just that or my pacing for the week, I wasn’t wiped out on Friday afternoon I didn’t take the direct flight to Seattle […]Read more "Thoughts on the 2016 PASS Summit"
I’m still catching up after my 13th PASS Summit and as usual the longer I wait the shorter the notes will be, so I’m going to try to capture the biggest thoughts of my week: Storyville Coffee was very good. A little hard to find, but worth the trip I’m hoping video of the first […]Read more "Notes on the 2015 PASS Summit"