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Small Regional Event with Big Impact

When the German PASS Chapter was launched in 2004, the founding members decided to self-finance the organization by running a yearly deep-dive, volunteer-driven technical event. With only 37 members at the time, the plan seemed very ambitious. But since then, the German Chapter has grown to more than 1,900 members in over 12 cities running more than 100 regional meetings a year. And our annual PASS Camp continues to grow as well.

What are the keys to success for our regional event, and how can your chapter run its own effective regional conference? Here are 5 essential elements. Read more.

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So You’re the Boss Now...

I’m frequently asked a question along these lines:

I’d been happily plugging away in my job as a {DBA/Dev/Terminator/Warp Drive Engineer} for several years, when I applied for the manager position. I was surprised and thrilled when I got the job! But now that I’ve been in the job for a while, I find that no one on the team is thrilled with me. I know that I made a lot of changes. But they were all for the good of the team. What should I do to reconnect with my team and rebuild my friendships?

A common theme in this column, “Plays Well With Others,” is that the skills responsible for your success as a database professional have little in common with success as a leader and manager. And this scenario is a classic example. The solution to this problem is entirely people-oriented and has nothing to do with all those great SQL Server skills you’ve developed over the years. Read more.

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SQL Saturday #37 – Philadelphia is looking for speakers for the March 13 event. Submission deadline is February 10, 2010. Learn more.

Upcoming SQL Server Events:

SQL Saturday - Richmond
Jan. 30, 8am-5:30pm EST, Glen Allen, VA

SQL Saturday - New England
Jan. 30, 8:30am-4:30pm EST, Waltham, MA

Chicago Suburban SQL Connection Meeting
Feb. 2, 6-9pm, Downers Grove, IL

Live Meeting - PASS DBA VC Presents: SQL Server Locking & Blocking Made Simple
Feb. 10, 12-1pm MST

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PASS European Conference: Last Chance for Early Bird Rates

Take advantage of PASS European Conference early bird rates and save almost 200 Euros until Feb. 1! With more than 45 technical sessions to choose from, you don't want to miss this unparalleled opportunity to learn from and network with top SQL Server and BI experts April 21-23 in Neuss, Germany. Register today!

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Summit 2009 DVDs: The wait is over! The PASS Summit 2009 DVD set, including all 168 sessions plus Dr. David DeWitt's keynote, is shipping and should hit mailboxes the first week in February. Get your copy to refer to all year long; order today!

Thanks for your input on where to hold PASS Summit 2011! We received a great response to the location survey, are currently reviewing the results, and will be sharing the findings with the community as soon as possible.


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