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Members of the ERC may from time to time blog about the review process. Those blog posts will be cross-posted here for easy reference. ERC members may also choose to post directly from the ERC Blog, so check back frequently!

Feel free to leave a comment for the ERC under any post on this blog or on one of the committee members' personal blogs (see panel on the right for more information).

For further background, you may want to consult this blog chronicle from the 2010 PASS elections.

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[Pinned] The Future of PASS Elections

[cross-posted from Joe Webb's blog post - Nov. 8]

Am I stirring up a hornets nest or beating a dead horse bringing up a the PASS elections the day before over 2,500 SQL Server professional converge on Seattle for the 2010 PASS Community Summit? I’m not sure, but I suspect I’ll find out within 24 hours.

So, why would I revisit a topic that was so prevalent and divisive in the SQL community just a few short months ago?  Well, I’ll tell you...

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SQL PASS ERC: How to Score the Interview?

[cross-posted from K. Brian Kelley's blog - Apr. 6, 2011]

One of the topics the Election Review Committee has discussed is how best to score the interview portion. Because of the nature of the interview, it's not something that can really be put out there for review by the world at large. If you're thinking, why not? Imagine you just had a job interview. And it went smashingly bad. As in, "It doesn't matter what my resume says, I won't be hired" bad. Would you want that put out there for the whole world to see? We know some folks don't interview well, but that doesn't mean they have poor verbal communications skills. Nervousness plays a huge part in the interview process.

The question then is how to score the interview itself. There are basic two methods available...

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How Should the PASS Nominating Committee Be Selected?

[cross-posted from Joe Webb's blog - Feb. 21, 2011]

Over the past few months, the Elections Review Committee (ERC) has been looking into how the community should select its future leaders in the PASS organization. We started with a clean slate. Nothing in the existing process was considered sacred or off-limits. Nothing was considered out of scope. We want to find the best possible way for the community to be completely engaged in the process.

After a great deal of well-reasoned discussion and deliberation, we’ve decided that there does indeed need to be a way to effectively narrow down the field of potential candidates. There are simply too many problems and risks associated with having an unbounded number of candidates on the slate...

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PASS: NomCom selection process draft

[cross-posted from Bill Graziano's blog - Feb. 17, 2011]

The ERC has released a draft (or strawman as I like to say) of how we might select the Nominating Committee for the PASS elections.  If you’d like to comment on this, now is the time.

 

PASS Update #52 (ERC)

[cross-posted from Andy Warren's blog - Feb. 3, 2011]

 

We’re doing weekly calls for the ERC (election review committee) and we seem to be making some progress. This past week we came up with a good outline of what we hope to see as the process for selecting the nomcom (look for a post from Bill Graziano for details), and you can from that guess that we plan to retain the nomcom as part of our recommendations back to the Board.

My focus has been thinking about what matters when evaluating candidates, because to a degree we’re trying to predict success. I’ve got about a 50% average on picking employees, so I’m not sure that I can do much better with picking Board members. But skill or not, there’s merit to making it clear which attributes we value, and giving the nomcom very clear guidance on how the attributes are scored and weighted. What I hope we’ll wind up with is a process that:

  • Allows potential candidates to easily self-assess if they meet the minimum qualifications (and yes, the hard part is describing those)
  • Allows us to score candidates in a close to objective manner in most areas. For example, if we include education we might award 1 point for High School, 2 points for two year degree, and perhaps cap it at 3 for a 4 year degree or more. For things like leadership it might be 1 point for each 12 months in a management/leadership position, with a max of x points, and it must have been within the last x years.
  • Allows our nomcom to add a portion of the overall score based on their impressions during an interview. Not everyone shines under stress, not every nomcom member will see everyone the same way. Maybe this is 20% of the score, but it’s not 80%.
  • Takes the scores and then puts the top 3*slots on the slate

That’s not a huge change from last year, but...

 

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PASS Election Review Committee - We Need Your Input!

[cross-posted from K. Brian Kelley's blog - Dec. 15]

The PASS Election Review Committee has geared up and we've started looking at the process of the entire election process that we use for PASS Board of Directors. We're not specfically established to "fix" anything or "correct" previous election cycles so much as we are here to look at the overall process and see where improvements can be made in general. If you're familiar with Total Quality Management, one of its guiding principles, often forgotten in practice, is to continually refine the processes, and as a result, you get a better end product. By focusing on the product, you may paint yourself in a corner. By focusing on the process, you should avoid that. So we're focusing on the process, not the product (a particular year's election results)...

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The PASS Board Election Review Committee

 [cross-posted from Andy Leonard's blog - Nov. 24]

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I want the PASS Board to trust and respect the community. I would like to see the PASS Board Elections process and procedures reflect trust in and respect for the community.

I hope the Elections Review Committee is able to move the PASS Board in this direction.

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Part of the Election Review Committee...

[cross-posted from K. Brian Kelley's blog - Nov. 18]

... and I'm wary, but not weary. I'm not weary because I'm looking forward to trying to help. I'm not weary because there are some great folks on this committee. You can see the full list on Joe Webb's post about the ERC. So why am I wary?

...

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PASS Update #47 - Election Review Committee

[cross-posted from Andy Warren's blog - Nov. 16]

Early last week Joe Webb announced on this blog that he will be the chair of the PASS Election Review Committee (ERC). Read his post for some his thoughts, and then I want to share here some background on why we formed the committee and some of the challenges we face.

We heard clearly from the PASS membership that the 2010 election could have been handled better. As I’ve written previously we did a lot of work following the 2009 election with regards to transparency, but in hindsight we didn’t do enough to fix a more serious problem – a lack of details around the scoring and review process used by the Nomination Committee. We can’t undo the problems we encountered, but we can work on doing better in 2011, and now at least we have a deeper understanding of the core problems that need to be addressed.

It took a bit of time to get things rolling on the ERC. It started with a good discussion within the Board about who should lead it. Not whether we should do a review, that was easily agreed to, but I felt strongly that appointing someone from outside the Board to head the committee would send a strong signal about our intent to do better in 2011...

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SQL PASS Election Review Committee

[cross-posted from Wendy Pastrick's blog - Nov. 22]

Things have mostly settled down after some of the upset felt from the last Board of Directors election. Now that the Annual Summit is over and the newly elected Board members have been introduced, it's time to move forward. 

How do we, as members of a vibrant technical community, ensure the success and growth of our organization? Is it the best idea to continue a popularity contest to choose our future Board Members? Does that serve our organization the best way possible? What happens if no one runs for the Board and there are empty seats? What happens if no qualified candidates submit to serve? What happens if we have 100 amazing candidates to choose from? How much transparency do people really want?

A bevy of questions...none with immediate answers. In part, this is the task of the newly appointed Election Review Committee...

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