PASS Program Update #3
Its been a while since I wrote an update about whats been happening in the PASS Program Committee. I just havent had time to write about it with all of the work thats going on in addition to my regular day job. Hopefully Ill have time now to do a better job at this!
The annual content survey was sent out and the results are in, I’d like to go on record now and say, Im not a BI user/admin/developer. We took the BI questions from last year’s survey (which were obviously from 2008). Unfortunately, while going through them and updating the questions I didnt reach out to a BI person and get a gut check for the BI questions. So we wound up with some out of date info in that section. I swear we like BI @ PASS, I just goofed, there’s not some secret conspiracy, and YES to the 1 of you who asked, I do read all of the comments . The good news, for those that asked, the survey results will be released as soon as we can get them collated and readable (any day now) **UPDATE** The survey responses are here there are definitely some very interesting tidbits to be mined from this.
We are making progress in working on several projects, from redoing the speaker resources, to developing a new system to house the speaker evaluation data. As with all things volunteer driven, these tasks are taking time but thats not unexpected.
The biggest project Ive been spending my time on is the call for speakers. The call for speakers (and resulting abstract review site) is always a huge undertaking. This year it seems to be even more magnified since we’re undertaking a new vendor (the same 1 that does tech-ed). There have been quite a few bumps in the road along the way (I wont bore you to tears with all the details) A steady diet of 1-2 conference calls a week and about 50-100 emails a week and we’re closing in on a useable product in the call for speakers site. The abstract review site, well that will be the subject of a whole other blog post in the future! Ill just say that right now Im hoping to find some spare pixie dust or at least a few extra rolls of duct tape and bailing wire prior to the close of the call for abstracts
There have been many discussions about changing some of the SOP in the program committee, I have blogged about some of those previously so I wont rehash those here again. Ill just add a few more ideas Ive been kicking around.
1 of the largest things that will effect the average attendee at the Summit is that we’re exploring ways to allow 2 new session types this year.
1) Community selection – The current thought is to allow the community to choose from (pre filtered) submitted abstracts to choose a session per track (or some similar method/amt)
2) Best of the Summit– The current thought is to take the top session(s) from the first 2 days of the summit and repeat them on day #3
Both of these ideas have execution issues to overcome but, I think they should be doable for the 2010 summit.