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PASS Summit 2010 Survey Results

By Grant Fritchey, 2010/12/23

As I have done in previous years, I’m going to post the results from my sessions at the PASS Summit. Feedback is a gift. I received a great many gifts this year and I’m extremely happy about all of them.

There are a set of questions with ratings, the higher the rating, the better you did. One exception to this rule is the question on time for the session. I think there, somewhat lower scores are better. There were 183 technical sessions rated during the Summit. I’m very honored to have been included in that list.

Identifying and Fixing Performance Problems using Execution Plans: 286 Attendees, 172 Responses, Avg Score of 4.23, Placed 136th

How would you rate the usefulness of the information presented in your day-to-day environment?
1 2 3 4 5 Avg
3 1 18 83 67 4.22

I’m a little disappointed with this score. Maybe people are just dealing with fewer and fewer queries these days.

How would you rate the Speaker’s presentation skills?
1 2 3 4 5 Avg
5 1 9 68 89 4.37

Again, I’m a little disappointed on this score, but I think it’s partly explained in the comments, some of which I posted below.

How would you rate the Speaker’s knowledge of the subject?
1 2 3 4 5 Avg
4 1 2 45 120 4.6

As my kid says, giggity!

How would you rate the accuracy of the session title, description and experience level to the actual session?
1 2 3 4 5 Avg
9 0 11 64 88 4.29

Not sure what was expected. I said we’d go through common problems and execution plans, we did.

How would you rate the amount of time allocated to cover the topic/session?
1 2 3 4 5 Avg
5 2 43 85 37 3.85

This was partly because I had more material than I had time for. But, it was also partly explained in the comments.

How would you rate the quality of the presentation materials?
1 2 3 4 5 Avg
4 7 24 80 57 4.04

This one, I understand, partly. I only had about four slides. Other than that, all the time was spent in TSQL playing with code. I think most people are looking for slides as documentation. I don’t entirely understand that myself, but I’ll try to improve my slide deck in the future.

Comments (responses in parenthesis):

Overall, a decent session. I’m not excited about the results, but the feedback is excellent. I’ll have to work on some skills to deal with low screens in large rooms (other presenters who don’t already have this problem licked, take note).

DMV’s as a Shortcut to Procedure Tuning: 235 Attendees, 122 Reviews, Avg. Score of 4.626, Placed 31st

How would you rate the usefulness of the information presented in your day-to-day environment?
1 2 3 4 5 Avg
1 1 1 26 96 4.71
How would you rate the Speaker’s presentation skills?
1 2 3 4 5 Avg
1 0 4 17 100 4.76

How do I square this rating with the one above? I don’t know. Better room? The screen was higher & I was working on code mostly that I could keep near the top. I’m not sure.

How would you rate the Speaker’s knowledge of the subject?
1 2 3 4 5 Avg
2 1 3 26 90 4.65

And again, giggity! But seriously, I don’t know everything about this topic, I’m constantly learning, I learned during the presentation, but if I can get info to people that I have & they don’t, mission accomplished.

How would you rate the accuracy of the session title, description and experience level to the actual session?
1 2 3 4 5 Avg
2 0 7 28 85 4.59

Why so many 1’s and 3’s? I’m not sure. Based on comments, I think it’s the 300 rating the session has. I’ll tell you true, I’m not sure it should be 300, but then again, I don’t think it’s a 200. So if it’s a 249 or a 251, where does it go? Tough question.

How would you rate the amount of time allocated to cover the topic/session?
1 2 3 4 5 Avg
2 1 0 50 69 4.50
How would you rate the quality of the presentation materials?
1 2 3 4 5 Avg
3 2 4 30 83 4.54

Clearly a bit of a weakness of mine. I’ll try to work on it.

Comments (again, responses etc.):

I’m very pleased with this one, obviously. Some details to work on, but overall, a pretty good presentation that seems to have been pretty well received.

That’s it. I have results from the lightening talk that I did, but they’re aggregate across all the speakers and don’t provide much in the way of good information beyond the fact, that most people seemed to think the lightening talks were a fun thing.


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