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Should I Run for the PASS Board of Directors?

I saw the recent Call for Nominations for the election this year, so the title of this post is only slightly rhetorical. I thought I'd post some thoughts here and see if a few of you might serve as a sounding board.

I guess a start is to discuss why I'm considering it:

  • I think our profession would benefit from a strong assocation
  • I don't think our current association does as much as it could in a number of areas (I've blogged about this)
  • Old school enough to believe it's fair to just complain about what's wrong

Then, my list of reasons why I think I would be a reasonable candidate (my first political post?):

  • I've got a bit of experience in building online communities
  • I've been a DBA, developer, manager, trainer, and now business owner - a nice diverse set of skills

Reasons I think it might not be a good idea:

  • I've got an inherent conflict of interest, one in SQLSaturday (PASS is trying to mimic this to a degree) and the other in JumpstartTV, and I'm not planning to give either up this year
  • I also don't want to be involved in the SQL Server Standard, the magazine we started years ago and gave to PASS following the sale of SSC
  • I'm pretty busy already
  • I'm not quiet, passive, or patient when it comes to pursuing change - not bad things, but with them comes the risk of friction or worse
  • I'm not sure PASS wants to move beyond being an annual conference. In my view they do the conference well and if that's the main goal, things that would interest me wouldn't be a good fit

Of course a nomination doesn't equate to getting elected. Don't look for many stump speeches here!

So, should I or shouldn't I, and why? Or who would be a better candidate? I've been trying to talk my friend Steve Jones into running, though he has a similar set of issues with the conflict of interest as he works for Red Gate. I think Grant Fritchey would be a great candidate because while he's loyal to PASS, that loyalty hasn't blinded him to areas where it could do better.


I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.


Posted by David Benoit on 14 October 2008

An emphatic yes! I have followed your articles, posts, and now blogs for the last 8 1/2 years (since I started working with SQL Server) and can't tell you how much I appreciate your insight, not only to this platform, but to technology as a whole. The other work that you are doing with the training site, the SQLSaturday stuff, etc really makes your skill set very strong for the group.

Just my thoughts but I would be glad to see you on there. Wouldn't mind the other two (Steve and / or Grant) either. If nothing else the 3 of you should draw straws. :)

Posted by K. Brian Kelley on 19 October 2008

I believe SQL Server Standard is now dead. Therefore, one of your reasons not has been eliminated.

Posted by Grant Fritchey on 27 October 2008

I think you ought to go for it. The good news is, one of your negatives is gone. They won't be publishing the magazine any more.

You're not just a leader, you also have ideas. That's pretty valuable and I think PASS will benefit.

I'm not convinced that PASS wants to go beyond the conferences (don't forget the European conference) either. However, the board says it does. They have plans to do more. I think the good intentions are there. Maybe just a bit more push from the right guy (YOU) will make a difference.

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Posted by Andy Warren on 27 October 2008

Grant, I decided to go for it, sent my application in on Thursday, and thanks for the vote of confidence. I'll try to post a little this week about how I arrived at the decision! Absolutely they have good intentions, lots of good people involved.

Posted by tjaybelt on 12 November 2008

I think you should do it.  There are great people in PASS, and new blood is always needed.  I've enjoyed volunteering these past few years and love to help out the community.

I have always enjoyed your thoughts and directions.

You've got my vote if you do.

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