We just had our bi-monthly SQL group meeting (www.opass.org) with Kendal Van Dyke presenting The Truth About Disk Performance & Configuration, a presentation built from his recent blog posts which in turn were based on some detailed testing of disk performance. We met on Wednesday instead of our usual Tuesday, and whether it was that or the topic (which I thought was interesting) our attendance was only 16 - I had hoped for more!
Afterward several stayed to talk and we had more good discussions on blogs and blogging, networking, MVP's, and more. Another topic that came up both during and after the meeting was how to build the next generation of leaders, both for user groups and for SQLSaturday. I'll be doing my third SQLSaturday in Orlando this year, and ideally I'll be training my replacement to take over in 2010. It's a big commitment - maybe not as big as you'd think, but still pretty big, and after putting so much effort into it I want it to be someone that will keep it going. Same thing for the user group, how do we get people to step, or even prepare them to think about stepping up? No great answers so far.
Our next meeting will be in May, date and speaker to be announced.