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PASS Board of Directors

Looking Both Ways: PASS Board Year 2, Q4

This marks the end of my two-year term as a PASS Director-at-Large. January 1 I started my term as Vice President of Marketing for PASS. This last three months has been a period of transition, making sure my projects and portfolios are in ready for the next owner and learning my new job. These quarterly blog posts usually just focus on the past three months. Since this month marks the end of one job and the start of another I will use this post to look back at my 2-year term and ahead to the new year. Looking Back Everyone who runs for...

It’s A Team Sport: PASS Board Year 2, Q3

As I type this I’m on an airplane en route to my 12th PASS Summit. It’s been a very busy 3.5 months since my last post on my work as a Board member. Nearing the end of my 2-year term I am struck by how much has happened, and yet how fast the time has gone. But I’ll save the retrospective post for next time and today focus on what happened in Q3. In the last three months we made progress on several fronts, thanks to the contributions of many volunteers and HQ staff members. They deserve our...

My Reference for Amy Lewis

The 2013 election campaign for the PASS Board of Directors is underway. There are seven qualified candidates running this year. They all offer a wealth of experience volunteering for PASS and the SQL Server community. One of these candidates, Amy Lewis, asked me to write a reference for her to include on her candidate application. I have a lot of experience working with Amy and was pleased to provide this reference: I enthusiastically support Amy Lewis as a candidate for the PASS Board of Directors. I have known and worked with Amy in various PASS' volunteer capacities for...

Rolling Along: PASS Board Year 2, Q2

Eighteen months into my time as a PASS Director I’m especially proud of what the Virtual Chapters have accomplished and want to share that progress with you. I'm also pleased that the organization has invested more resources to support the VCs. In this quarter I got to attend two conferences and meet more members of the SQL community. Virtual Chapters In the first six months of 2013 VCs have hosted more than 50 webinars, offering free technical education to over 6200 attendees. This is a great benefit to PASS members; thanks to the VC leaders, volunteers...

Making Progress: PASS Board Year 2, Q1

With each of these quarterly posts I want to be able to report progress in the areas I'm responsible for. I'm pleased to share some key milestones from the past three months. New Webinar Platform Last year it became clear that we needed a more stable, scalable webinar platform for the Virtual Chapters and 24 Hours of PASS. Both the VCs and 24HOP continue to grow and attract larger audiences, and the technology we were using was not meeting our needs. We discussed requirements with VC leaders and HQ staffers who work on 24HOP. We got proposals from 7 or 8 vendors and had...

Whoosh: PASS Board Year 1, Q4

"Whoosh". That's the sound the last quarter of 2012 made as it rushed by. My first year on the PASS Board is complete, and the last three months of it were probably the busiest. PASS Summit 2012 Much of October was devoted to preparing for Summit. Every Board  member, HQ staffer and dozens of volunteers were busy in the run-up to our flagship event. It takes a lot of work to put on the Summit. The community meetings,  first-timers program, keynotes, sessions and that fabulous Community Appreciation party are the result of many hours of preparation. Virtual Chapters at the Summit With a lot...

In the Groove: PASS Board Year 1, Q3

It's nine months into my first year on the PASS Board and I feel like I've found my rhythm. I've accomplished one of the goals I set out for the year and have made progress on others. Here's a recap of the last few months.

PASS Code of Conduct, continued

A few days ago I blogged  about what I've been doing as a PASS Board member, including drafting a Code of Conduct for the PASS Summit. Following that post there was a good discussion on Twitter about some of the details of implementing this type of policy. I wanted to go into a bit more detail here on how implementation can work. There's a tendency to look at this type of document as a set of rules or a clearly defined list of prohibited actions. The problem with that approach is that we can't anticipate every possible behavior that could lead to...

Probation is Over: PASS Board Year 1, Q2

Though it's not always official every job begins with a probation period. You start out with lots of questions and every day you find out how much more you have to learn. Usually after a few months you discover that you can actually answer some questions and have at least an idea of what you are supposed to be doing. Now at the end of my second quarter on the "job" of serving on the PASS Board I have reached that point. My probation period is over. The last three months were busy for the entire Board with the budget process, an...

New on the Job: PASS Board Year 1, Q1

When I got elected to the PASS Board of Directors I decided I would plan my goals for the job in 3 month intervals. I also plan on  blogging about the experience of being on the Board at the end of each quarter, at least. Getting Started Prior to being elected all of my time and energy was focused on the election process. Because the election ended so close to the start of the new Board term there was not much time to transition from being a candidate to being a director. I set a rather modest goal for Q1: learn...

 

 

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