After big conferences, I like to share my session evaluations to talk about what worked and what didn’t. Let’s see how we did this year. Pre-Con: Performance Tuning in 21 Demos This was an all-day session that Erik Darling and I co-presented. When Erik and I designed this session, we were both at a point in our presentation-writing style where we were madly in love with demos. All week long when working with clients, we have to spend a lot of time in slides, explaining concepts that we see out in the wild all the time. (I give my talk on…Read
In this month’s Road to PASS series, I’m challenging you to submit an abstract for the PASS Summit: Week 1 challenged you to write a few pain points you’ve solved this year Week 2 was about writing the session’s recap slide Week 3 had you writing the abstract’s technical details Week 4 was time to gather feedback from others My Week 4 homework results I posted my abstracts on GroupBy.org, then linked to them on social media: Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. I got most of the feedback from LinkedIn! I find that interesting because I don’t really think of LinkedIn as a discussion…Read
In this month’s Road to PASS series, I’m challenging you to submit an abstract for the PASS Summit. Week 1 challenged you to write a few pain points you’ve solved this year, week 2’s homework was to write the session’s recap slide, and week 3 had you writing the abstract’s technical details. Now, I need to get feedback on my abstracts – so I’ve posted them on GroupBy: Getting Better Query Plans by Improving SQL’s Estimates How Often Should You Run Backups and CHECKDB? What to Do When SQL Server is Unusually Slow Eagle-eyed readers will notice that I tweaked the…Read
In this month’s Road to PASS series, I’m challenging you to submit an abstract for the PASS Summit. Week 1 challenged you to write a few pain points you’ve solved this year, and week 2’s homework was to write the session’s recap slide. This week, let’s write the technical part of the abstract. It’s tempting to start with a catchy theme or title, but hold off on that – your abstract needs good bones first, and we can always dress the skeleton in different clothes later. Let’s think about the basics first. Given your recap slide from last week: What did…Read
This year, I’m working with you to get you to the PASS Summit stage. Last week, we talked about your first homework: a list of a few pains you’ve relieved over the last year. This week, you need to write the recap slide for each of those pains. Think about the end of the session: when the attendee walks out, what are the most crucial takeaways you want on their mind? What do you want them saying, “Thank God I went to that session, because now I know that ____. When I get back to the office, I can’t wait…Read
Ladies and gentlemen, I’m sorry, but you picked the wrong room for sleep The PASS Summit is like the Super Bowl of the SQL Server community, only with less head injuries and more of a chance of you getting up onstage. Every year, people just like you submit sessions, and believe it or not, some of them get accepted. You get free entry to the conference, a seriously cool entry on your resume, and an itchy polyester shirt that fits horribly, but you’re gonna wear it anyway because you’ll be so doggone proud of your achievement. Let’s do this. I…Read
After big conferences, I like to share my session evaluations to talk about what worked and what didn’t. Let’s see how we did this year. PASS’s evaluation form this year had 6 questions with a 5-point ranking (I love that): PASS Summit 2017 evaluation form So how’d we do? Pre-Con: Expert Performance Tuning for SQL Server 2016 & 2017 This was an all-day session I co-presented with Erik Darling. 362 attendees, 152 surveys filled out – great completion rate, thanks attendees! Rate the value of the session content. 4.37 out of 5 How useful and relevant is the session content…Read
When I’m speaking at a conference and the room assignments are published ahead of time, I look at the convention center’s room layouts to figure out how many seats it holds. I want a rough idea of how easy (or hard) the Q&A will be to manage. At this year’s Summit, Erik & I had room 6B for our pre-con, and I had the exact same room for my general session on Friday. From the capacity list pages, you can’t tell how the rooms will be set up (there’s so many ways to set up a room with chairs/tables/rows), but…Read
I’m honored to say that I’ll be presenting a session at the PASS Summit this year. The Summit is kinda like the Super Bowl of American SQL Server conferences: the competition to present is intense, and that makes you wanna bring your absolute best game. I try to bring something really different every year. I try to push myself into new presenting styles, bring some kind of new trick to show off. Past stunts have included: 2017 – Last Season’s Performance Tuning Techniques (24HOP) – Erik and I wore fashion costumes for the online delivery emphasizing how quickly your skills…Read
As I was prepping for SQLSaturday Houston, I realized it’s been two years since I updated my About-Me slide at the start of my presentations. Here’s what it was for quite a while: About Me, circa 2016 This time around, I decided to start from scratch and ask: Who am I writing this for? Like any presenter, it’s tough for me to generalize everyone in the audience into a single bucket. Some folks have chosen to sit in my session because they recognized my name, but others don’t know me or why I’m talking about this topic. That makes defining a…Read
Hi. I’m Brent.
I live in Iceland 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.