It is that time of year again for us to get the #sqlfamily together for a week long education and discussion with our great friends!
This post serves as the official announcement of the PASS photowalk. It will once again take place on Tuesday the week of the summit(10-27-15).
I’ll keep this post short since I have all the details in my event brite. Feel free to sign up on the event brite and we will get an idea of who is going.
I hope to see you all at the summit!
PASS Board Q&A 2013 Summit
This year at the PASS Summit the Board held an open Question and Answer session. They have done this for the past few years and it’s been very helpful for us to ask questions of the board. I wanted to extend those ideas after the summit but wasn’t sure the best ways to give feedback to the board.
Now don’t get me wrong I’m good friends with several board members and I have no doubt that I can send them an email (I already have) with this information and they can consider it. But what if you are not in my position? What if you are member of PASS that just wants to make suggestions to the organization? Perhaps you have worked with other large volunteer organizations and you have great ideas on how to make things better. Well unfortunately your only choice from the website is to email a member of PASS HQ on the about us page. So who do you email? From the titles you can probably figure out the right area that might help you but what then? How do you know what happens with your suggestion from that point? My suggestion to PASS is to start giving us a way to easily give feedback and to track that feedback until completion. A simple ticket tracking system.
As DBA’s and Developers we track all sorts of things through ticket tracking systems. Bugs, Projects we are working on and feedback from end users. I’m suggesting the same thing here. PASS needs to get a simple form we can use on the website to give feedback. That is then assigned to a Board member/portfolio and worked on till completion or if the task is not appropriate then it can be closed in some manner that gives a reason why it can’t be done. The requestor would get the feedback from the ticket so they knew the status of the suggestion. We would have ownership and accountability as a Board member/portfolio would own the tickets.
This process would allow us to talk about specific items in the future events and PASS meetings. We would be able to track progress exactly and what items are being worked on. Overall it would make management of the many projects going on much smoother.
One suggested tool could be Trello, we use it in two different organizations that I volunteer in and it’s a great way to create simple stories and put them on a board to be worked on. I am sure lots of tools exist for this sort of thing the important thing is getting something in place to capture feedback in the future and to give the end user knowledge of where that feedback stands.
Another suggestion that Thom made as well is User Voice. Looks like a good site that could have some great tools as well for managing the projects.
As I mentioned above I have sent this to the PASS Board already and hopefully they will consider it as a future project. If you think this is a good idea perhaps sending an email to a board member of your choice mentioning this idea would be good.
I put a #1 at the top of the post since I have a few more suggestions for the PASS organization as well and they will show up as future blog posts.
Quick post listing out my Tech/Geek essential packing list for the summit, I’m starting my summit adventure very late Saturday evening so I can get some photo time in on Sunday afternoon. Because of that I need to make a reminder list of everything I need to take from the gadget side of things. No I have not listed clothes/bathroom needs that would be a separate list or just something easy enough to figure out. Many of these things already reside in my laptop bag but I double check to make sure I have them.
o Camera (little one) – I have more than one.
o Portable USB Drive
o Usb mouse(small travel one)
o Speakers (I like listening to music in the hotel)
Camera Gear (Probably won’t have all of this on your list)
o Camera w/battery grip
o Camera Batteries X2
o 11-16mm lens
o 85mm lens
o 50mm lens
o 2 X sb600 (flash)
o 4 X 4 sets AA batteries (16 in total if saving weight buy these on site)
o Remote trigger release
o Lens cleaning cloth
o Bounce card
o 4 X Sd cards
o Phone charger
o Ipad charger
o 1 x ipad cable
o Extra phone battery
o 2 x usb micro
o 2 x usb mini
o Mac cable for vga/hdmi connections
o Laptop power cable
o Surge protector
o Camera charger
o Car USB Charger (I’m planning some driving)
o Network cable(rarely need this anymore)
o Logitech Presenter( if presenting)
o Mouse Pad mat (doubles as a lens cleaning cloth)
Those are all the geeky tech things I need to get around for summit. If I was doing larger photo shoots at the summit I would have more gear like light stands and soft boxes and so forth but I’m not this year so really I’ll be packing “light” in the camera world.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the summit in a few days!
It is once again that time to vote for our PASS Board of Directors(official election page). Having been a volunteer in this organization now for almost 10 years this is a process I am very interested in. I have served 2 years on the board and spent some time in most of the various volunteer committees you will find in the PASS organization.
The most important thing for the election is that you get out and vote! You need to exercise your right to a voice and vote for who you feel is the best candidate. I’ve listed my endorsement for candidates below this is my opinion on these candidates but comes from years of experience working with them in a volunteer role. I’ve worked with both of them closely on many different aspects of the PASS organization.
Allen Kinsel (Blog|Twitter|Candidate Page)
I have known Allen since 2004 and we both have been volunteering about the same amount of time with PASS. He has a proven track record of getting things done in the PASS Organization. He helped deliver the tools the Program committee now uses to pick sessions and allow for great PASS Summit sessions. He helped with the Chapter tools we have now as well and forwarded the movement for the chapters as a board member. He has consistently showed PASSion in the volunteer efforts he has been involved in. I think his previous time on the Board and previous volunteering gives him excellent depth and experience in this arena. For me he’s the best overall candidate that knows the organization well and is willing to go the extra mile for the PASS organization and SQL community.
Tim Ford (Blog|Twitter|Candidate Page)
Tim is truly awesome to me. He has organization skills, business sense, funny, great photographer and an exceptional volunteer. He has always helped out the PASS organization in many different roles. He knows event planning and managing events from the SQL Saturday events he has put on and from founding and running SQL Cruise. He is passionate about change and about making things better. Tim is the best newcomer candidate I think. He not only knows the PASS organization well but knows the things that need to get done to keep it going on a path to greatness.
My third candidate/vote is yet to be decided for me. I will be doing research over the next few days to try and determine my last vote. I strongly suggest you do the same. Don’t just take my word for it research the candidates and talk to them and ask them questions find out which ones you feel are the right fit.
The one thing I believe all candidates need when on the Board is a PASSion for helping others. Volunteering at the level of the board is hard work and takes a lot of time and effort and that PASSion is what keeps you going.
Photowalking is a simple way of saying get out and take pictures! We require nothing more than a good pair of walking shoes and a camera of some kind. You can come along even with a cell phone camera to enjoy the sites and socialize with your fellow photo buff. Any experience level is welcome and encouraged to come along. One of the joys of Photowalking is seeing how everyone gets a different view of the world around them; don’t be shy to ask someone why they are taking a picture a certain way this is what makes us better as photographers.
This year the official photowalk is planned for Tuesday (10-15-13) morning @ 8:00 a.m. I know that lots of people have volunteer meetings throughout the day on Tuesday so we are trying to do it early enough that people can get back to the meetings if they need to.
We will start out from the convention center and head towards Marshall Park. This looks like a great spot for some views of the city and a nice park view. I’ve created an eventbrite event for this and have included map and all other needed info. Feel free to go over and register on the Eventbrite site so we know who will be joining us.
Eventbrite event https://passphotowalk2013.eventbrite.com/