PASS Summit Birds of a Feather Lunch

October 13, 2010 at 11:18 am (PASS, SQLServerPedia Syndication) (, , , )

The absolute biggest part of the PASS Summit is the one thing that most people don’t take advantage of, networking. And no, I don’t mean glad-handing everyone you meet, remembering all their names (although that is a good skill to have) and saying over & over again “Rush Chairman, damn glad to meet you.” I mean taking advantage of the fact that you can talk to people that have already solved the problem that you’re facing at work, or just might have some insight into that issue, or maybe you can give them insight into a problem they’re facing. I’m mean, talking to people.

Yeah, I know, we’re all geeks, and worse than that, data geeks. That means we like to sit in dark little caves & grumble about our fellow man having WAY too much access to the data we’ve been sworn to protect. I’m with you. But, you’ve made the decision to go the PASS Summit. You’re there. All over the place are your fellow data geeks. And look at that, some of them are talking to each other. You can too. In fact, you should.

So, how do you break the ice? Here’s a suggestion. When you go to lunch on Tuesday, look for the Birds of a Feather tables. Each one will have a different topic, hosted by someone who knows at least a little about that topic, or is just really excited about discussing that topic. Sit down (you don’t need permission, it’s implied), introduce yourself and dive into the topic. Ask questions. Answer questions. At least say hi before you sit there and listen. You’re in. You’ve just made the leap. Welcome to networking. Now, find out where the party is for Tuesday night and you can do some more.

I’ll be hosting a table on the topic “T-SQL Tuning & Optimization.” If you’re interested in that topic, please, sit down & talk. Oh, I might be a minute or two late. I’m presenting right before lunch. Save me a chair, just in case.

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Birds Of a Feather Lunch

October 21, 2009 at 6:30 am (PASS) (, , , )

The PASS Summit agenda is shaping up and it’s already looking to be much busier than last year. The latest is the Birds of a Feather lunch. It’s lunch with an MVP. At least 50 different MVP’s will be hosting a table each. At each table a topic of discussion will be hosted by the MVP present. It should be a lot fun. It’ll be a great way to meet people and share war stories, tips, approaches, what ever. The list of topics and the MVP’s leading are available here at Mike Walsh’s blog.

I’ll be hosting a table on Team Development. I crack jokes about beating up developers, but really I see them as partners and teammates. We’re all working towards a common goal, delivering the product, whatever it is, in a timely and efficient manner. If you’re interested in talking about ways to improve teamwork or sharing horror stories about failed teams, please stop by and chat for a bit.

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