The topic that never seems to lie low for long - the selection and election process for PASS governing directors. (I also wrote extensively on the qualities of a good director-level candidate in this blog post). I decided to create a spoke on my blog specifically for discussions around PASS governance and related issues called Political Calculus. Directly from the discussion page ---
There are a lot of great things going on with the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS).
The conference is awesome. The community of members, speakers, and
volunteers simply can't be beat. The chapters are growing in size and
becoming more tightly coupled with the international infrastructure on a
daily basis. The SQL Saturday movement is providing more grassroots growth and outreach than every imagined.
But there are lots of PASS topics that will benefit from a public and
independent forum. This forum is intended to drive consensus towards
improvements in governance, not to demonize individuals or for
individuals to vent their spleen.
For now, I've posted one discussion thread. Very likely, we'll be adding more in the future.
Please join in the discussions below:
Kevin Kline kicks off his meme on the latest in the PASS 2010 Nomination cycle.
Joe Webb gives his introductory thoughts on the PASS 2010 Nomination cycle.
gives an excellent summary of the issues and positions in the PASS 2010
Nomination cycle. The comments section gets straight to many of the
questions that will be discussed in this meme.
Ainsworth was a member of the Nominations Committee for the PASS
Election 2010; he gives some specific suggestions to modify the current
nomination process for future elections.
The prolific and talented Jorge Segarra (a.k.a. SQLChicken on Twitter) adds his thoughts to the discussion.
Mitchell is a recent SQL Server MVP and frequent volunteer for PASS at a
local level. His posts are insightful and well-considered.
20 years of experience, Carol McGury provides independent insight into
best practices for the nomination process of not-for-profit board