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  • Anti-Harassment Policies and Codes of Conduct

    I was a director on the PASS board back in 2012 when our having a Code of Conduct was first raised. A number of conferences had experienced bad situations, particularly around sexist behaviour, and it was very appropriate for PASS to take a stand and say “We don’t want this kind of thing to happen to PASS members.” We ALL wanted to make sure that ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on November 26, 2015
  • PASS Summit 2015 presentations I’m giving

    With only a few days to go until people arrive in Seattle, I should probably explain what my sessions are going to be on. You know, in case you hadn’t thought to go to the PASS site and read for yourself (and for those who want to hear something that’s a little less ‘abstract’y). A few people told me last year they were disappointed I wasn’t ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on October 22, 2015
  • PASS Board elections coming up

    It’s four years since I ran for election to the PASS Board now, for a two year term which ended two years ago. The two other people that got elected when I did were Denise McInerney and Adam Jorgensen. Two years ago, Denise and Adam became the two Vice Presidents, and Adam is about to being a stint as President. For me, I didn’t run a second ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on September 13, 2015
  • Learning through others

    This PASS Summit was a different experience for me – I wasn’t speaking. I’ve presented at three of the five PASS Summits I’ve been to, where the previous one I’d not spoken at was 2012, while I was a PASS Director (and had been told I shouldn’t submit talks – advice that I’d ignored in 2013). I have to admit that I really missed presenting, both ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on November 11, 2014
  • Less than a month away...

    The PASS Summit for 2014 is nearly upon us, and the MVP Summit is immediately prior, in the same week and the same city. This is my first MVP Summit since early 2008. I’ve been invited every year, but I simply haven’t prioritised it. I’ve been awarded MVP status every year since 2006 (just received my ninth award), but in 2009 and 2010 I attended ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on October 8, 2014
  • PASS Elections: Why I’m leaving the board

    It’s PASS Election time, and this year, there are no serving board members on the ballot. Two years ago, Adam Jorgensen, Denise McInerney and I were elected to the PASS board, serving two-year terms. Since then, Adam and Denise have both been elected as Vice-Presidents of PASS, and will remain on the board in that role. Of the previous VPs, ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on September 24, 2013
  • Portfolio changeover time for the PASS board

    The last PASS board meeting for the year has happened, and the portfolio handovers are well under way. Sadly, having new board members elected means having existing board members step down, and this last board meeting was the last one for both Allen Kinsel (@sqlinsaneo) and Kendal van Dyke (@sqldba). In 2012, these guys had the portfolios of ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on December 28, 2012
  • SQL Community – stronger than ever

    I posted a few hours ago about a reflection of the Summit, but I wanted to write another one for this month’s T-SQL Tuesday, hosted by Chris Yates. In January of this year, Adam Jorgensen and I joked around in a video that was used for the SQL Server 2012 launch. We were asked about SQLFamily, and we said how we were like brothers – how we ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on November 13, 2012
  • Summit reflections

    So far, my three PASS Summit experiences have been notably different to each other. My first, I wasn’t on the board and I gave two regular sessions and a Lightning Talk in which I told jokes. My second, I was a board advisor, and I delivered a precon, a spotlight and a Lightning Talk in which I sang. My third (last week), I was a full board ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on November 13, 2012
  • Summit Old, Summit New, Summit Borrowed...

    PASS Summit is coming up, and I thought I’d post a few things. Summit Old... At the PASS Summit, you will get the chance to hear presentations by the SQL Server establishment. Just about every big name in the SQL Server world is a regular at the PASS Summit, so you will get to hear and meet people like Kalen Delaney (@sqlqueen) (who just ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on October 10, 2012
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