In November 2010 I wrote in The PASS Board Election Review Committee:
I would like to see the PASS Board Elections process and procedures reflect trust in and respect for the community.
In June 2011, PASS published the PASS ERC Recommendations document and a link to the document can be found here.
I know the members of the Elections Review Committee. Some better than others, but I know each of them. They’re good people and I know they did their level best on behalf of the PASS Community. For that, they deserve – and have – my respect, admiration, and thanks.
The ERC did not have the final say in the matter, however. Their work was subject to approval by the PASS Board of Directors. I do not have details about that relationship. For example, I do not know if the PASS Board had the ability to “line-item veto” portions of the ERC’s recommendations; or to remove or discourage certain types of recommendations from consideration. Ultimately, the effectiveness of this document and the minor changes described therein are the sole responsibility of the PASS Board of Directors. They call the shots. They run the show.
I’m encouraged. Although my personal trust and respect objectives for the PASS ERC were not achieved, I take courage from the fact that PASS admits there’s an issue. That’s the first step to effectively addressing any issue (see 12-step programs).
I’m encouraged by other news from PASS as well:
PASS is a large organization with a history of slow and deliberate change. Andy Warren (Blog | @sqlAndy | SQLPeople) often reminds me that change is long ball. In this case, I’m comfortable with that.
If you could write in one candidate for the PASS Board 2011 Elections, who would it be?
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