PASS Submission feedback ’16

Hi.

I have not really had anything of note to write about in a while. I submitted to the PASS Summit and was not selected. I’m not shocked I didn’t get selected, I’ve only been speaking a year. I’m glad I entered my hat in the ring to go through the process and see how to improve for next year. Below is my info and feedback that I got from the review committee. I’d like to say thanks to those who volunteer their time to do this job. Without you folks there would not be a Summit.

 

General Session (75 minutes)
Enterprise Database Administration & Deployment
High Availability: Availability Groups / Mirroring / Clustering / Replication
Level 100

Title:
Clusters! From the ground up, let us build one together.

Abstract:
You are looking to protect your SQL instance from a machine failure.  Or maybe your storage budget and tight and you don't want to have your databases in two places with one of the other highly available options that SQL provides.  Let us learn what a cluster is and why it might be the right thing for you.  We'll explore the system, network, storage and database administration sides of the equation.  And, when it is all said and done we will even have built a SQL clustered instance!

Prereq:
There are none, we will go through all the steps outlined in the abstract and goals to teach the audience how how to do this in a lab in 75 minutes.

Goal 1
Teach the audience about system administrator life in active directory, domain naming system, and windows failover clustering.

Goal 2
Teach the audience about the storage administrator life with block level storage.

Goal 3
Teach the audience how SQL server can sit on top of a Windows failover cluster to build a failover clustered instance.

Comment 1
There is an error. Change the word … budget AND tight… by …buget IS tight…

Or maybe your storage budget IS tight and you don’t want to have your databases in two places with one of the other highly available options that SQL provides

Comment 2
Abstract: not compelling

topic: level too low

Subjective Rating: not interested

Comment 3
Abstract:  Abstract I awkwardly worded in places and contains a typo.  “Or maybe your storage budget and tight” I presume and = is.

Topic:  I like the idea of an introductory level session on building a cluster.

Subjective: Not sure this session would draw well.  Aims to cover a ton of information….. AD, DNS, SAN, etc., all with no pre-reqs required.  This could pose a serious challeng

 

My thoughts:

Comment 1: Well, I’m an idiot who can’t read. So that’s my fault on the wording.

Comment 2: Pissed me off. Too low level, not compelling and not interested? Seemed a bit like personal interests getting in the way. I like to think (hey it’s my blog) that new people get a taste of lots of different items they need to know about when they step into the clustering world.

Comment 3: Not wrong on covering a ton of stuff. It’s really hard to do this talk, the 75 minute version is more fun to do than the 60 minute moving at the pace of a freight train.

After I present this thing in Indy and Cbus this year I’m probably going to stop submitting it and come up with something else.

 

Session 2  –  lightning talk
Centrally manage your instances
Enterprise Database Administration & Deployment
Management Tools
Level 100

Abstract:

Did you run the query against all your instances? Do you know all your instances? How do you keep track of this?

In this lightning talk we will go through quickly cataloging your environment and getting your instances into a Central Management Server.  I'll even show you how to deploy a job, backups for example, to all your instances at once!

Prereq:
None

 

Goal 1
Show what a Central Management Server is and why it is useful.

Goal 2
Catalog your inventory of SQL instances.

 

Goal 3
Add your instances into the Central Management Server and deploy a test job to them all.

 

Comment 1
Abstract: compelling
topic: relevant
Subjective rating: interesting

Comment 2

Abstract: Well written, clear, and concise abstract.

Topic: Simple and effective. Fits the level.

Subjective: Not a fan of lightening talks. Could wrap them into “Here’s stuff you should Google if interested” lists that are given to attendees.

Comment 3
Abstract:  For a lighting talk, this abstract is okay
Topic:  Interesting topic
Subjective:  I may attend this session

Comment 4
The outline does not seem to clearly describe the contents of the presentation.  The subject matter may be difficult to effectively present in the time allotted.  For a 10 minute session, maybe it should be more specifically focused.

 

My thoughts:

Comment 1
Sweet, thanks!

Comment 2
Can’t disagree with the googling. But thanks for the rest.

Comment 3
I’ll take it.

Comment 4
I’ve done it in 10 minutes and it fit like a glove. It’s pretty specifically focused and I doubt could be a hour long session.

 

And there you have it. I’ll probably throw the CMS lightning talk in the pool again for next year. Now to figure out another fun session to present.

Thanks for reading. 🙂

Edit: I forgot to add the following:
Clusteres: Not Accepted Popular topic, higher rated session selected
CMS : Not Accepted Other sessions selected based on building a balanced program for track coverage, speaker coverage, topic coverage, and session rating

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6 thoughts on “PASS Submission feedback ’16

  1. Ooo, yeah, I can see where they’re coming from. It’s really hard to cover all this ground, plus have time for Q&A, with no audience prerequisites. Realistically, this is an all-day pre-con.

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    1. I got the same thoughts from @sqlha and I have to agree with you both. I’m happy with the session and it’s been reviewed well, but it’s quite hard to pull off and not feel like I missed 3-5 things.

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