The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) election cycle has started for 2011. You can read all about it here. This year there are two elections as three members of the Nominations Committee (NomCom) will be elected first. These three NomCom members will serve alongside a PASS Board member and former PASS President Wayne Snyder. I’m not sure who determines the qualifications of the applicants for the Nominations Committee election; but the applications are screened first and the PASS Board of Directors approves the slate of NomCom applicants before the membership is allowed to vote for them.
As in years past, I plan to blog about the PASS Board Elections 2011. I hope to interview applicants and candidates as the process progresses.
There are four sections to the site at the time of this writing:
The timeline is available here, but reprinted below for your convenience:
Nom Com Elections
Campaigning and voting begin; forums open
Candidates notified and sent information package on Board elections
Initial meeting of NomCom
Approval of completed Board election questions
NomCom review of Board election application form
Board of Directors Election
Announce Board election; forums open
Board applications open; NomCom given interview block options
Board applications close
NomCom meeting; final interview blocks determined
Candidate rankings due to PASS HQ
Candidate interviews scheduled
Candidate interviews begin
Candidate interviews end; NomCom finalizes slate
Candidates notified of ranking
Candidates' opt-out deadline
Campaign materials due to PASS HQ
Campaigning and voting opens
Campaigning and voting closes
Candidates notified of election results
Election results announced
Andy Warren (Blog | @sqlAndy | SQLPeople) wrote PASS Update #61 a couple days ago. In it, he mentioned the PASS Board meeting in Ft. Lauderdale this week and some items he wanted to discuss. One bullet point in particular caught my eye, Measuring Satisfaction:
I think we should be polling our members once a year to see if they believe we are moving in the right direction. We should be polling our Board to see if they are finding the role to be fulfilling, and to see if they get the appropriate levels of support from within the Board and HQ. We should poll HQ too, because we want them to be successful, and we should also poll employees that leave.
I like this idea. I think member feedback is important in any community but I’m not sure many agree.
I want to know how you feel about it. What do you think of Andy’s suggestion?
In anticipation of several posts regarding this year's PASS Board Elections, I have created a landing page with links to my posts on the topic.