As we reflect on the #SQLPASS selection process this year, let’s take a big step back and look at a lot of possibilities. When you’re building a conference or training class, there’s so many ways to build a good agenda. There’s no right way or wrong way – it’s all up to the organizers. Let’s pretend you’re building an all-new event from scratch. Will the final decisions be based on numbers or personal curation? Sounds like a loaded question, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with picking sessions based on feelings. Heck, that’s how we do it as a company – when Jeremiah, Kendra, and…Read
I’m lucky enough to attend a lot of conferences – in Chicago, Vegas, Charlotte, Amsterdam, and Stockholm over the next six weeks – and I’ve put together two systems that work well for me. When Your Employer is Paying the Bill Your #1 goal – even above learning things or meeting people – is to get your employer to pay for it again next year. To pull that off, ask your manager, “What’s the one thing you want me to bring back? Is there a problem that you want help solving, or a category of tools you want to know about,…Read
I love restaurant experiences – not just good food, but experiences – things we’ll remember for the rest of our lives. I’m fortunate enough to have two upcoming trips where I can share these experiences with others. Here’s a couple of trips coming up this fall that I’d love to share with you if you’re going to these conferences: Wylie Dufresne at Work SQLSaturday New York City August 4 – My second-favorite restaurant in the world is Wylie Dufresne’s WD-50. This Top Chef Masters contestant specializes in molecular gastronomy, the science of cooking food. No, not cooking – cooking as…Read
This is the third year in a row that I’ve made the Top 10 Sessions at the PASS Summit list. I’m really humbled and honored, and I can only think of one way to respond: with a Top 10 list of my own. Here’s the Top 5 Reasons I Made the #SQLPASS Top 10 Sessions List: 5. I examined the feedback questions, n0t just the answers. Each year, PASS uses the same set of feedback questions to gather information: How would you rate the speaker’s presentation skills? How would you rate the speaker’s knowledge of the subject? How would you…Read
Hi. I’m Brent.
I live in California with my wife Erika. I'm on an epic life quest to have fun and make a difference.
I co-founded Brent Ozar Unlimited to help make your SQL Server go faster. I also maintain sp_Blitz® and the open source First Responder Kit repo.