PASS 2011 Countdown – Starting Now

Seriously, the clock is ticking and you should be in your car or a plane for PASS Summit by now.  If you haven’t registered yet, you’re past cutting it close.  Click the banner and do the deed, then get over to the convention center.


In the spirit of all of the posts from the previous weeks (1, 2, 3, 4, and 5), let’s have a video to go with this week’s post.  Because, we just need to hold on for one more day…

My PASS Schedule

In the spirit of networking and trying to figure out what I want to see next week, I’ve included the schedule that I’m planning to keep for PASS this year.  I put this together using PASS’s Schedule Builder that I discussed in a previous post.  I encourage you to go out and put your schedule together.  Also, if the videos from this series have inspired you and you want to connect, these will help you track me down.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

2:00 PM Arrive at SEATAC and take the train to Seattle.
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Explore Pike Place Market
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Get checked in at PASS Summit
5:00 PM and on Network, connect, and be merry

Monday, October 10, 2011

7:00 AM – 9:00 PM Offsite and enjoying friends
9:00 PM and on Bush Gardens anyone?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

7:00 AM – 3:00 PM Offsite and enjoying friends
5:15 PM – 5:30 PM Meetup with our First Timers on the 6th Floor
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM First Timers Orientation [Room 6E]
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Welcome Reception & Quizbowl [RM:Dell Ballroom]

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

8:15 AM – 10:00 AM PASS Summit Day One Keynote – Ted Kummert and Rushabh Mehta [RM:Dell Ballroom]
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM [DBA-400] Inside the SQL Server Query Optimizer [RM:4C1-2]
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Chapter Lunch [RM:Dining Hall]
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Book Signing – Wednesday [RM:Between the Expo Hall and the Dining Hall]
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM [LT-100-W] Lightning Talks – Wednesday [RM:201]
4:45 PM – 6:15 PM [DBA-104-S] BLITZ! The SQL – More One Hour SQL Server Takeovers [RM:6E]
6:15 PM – 8:15 PM Exhibitor Reception – Sponsored by DELL [RM:Exhibit Hall 4A]
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM DBA Meetup at Bush Gardens with Ted Krueger (Blog | @Onpnt) and myself.
9:30 PM – 2:00 AM The SQL Karaoke
2:00 AM – 4:00 AM Breakfast – Get it on like, Donkey Kong!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

8:15 AM – 10:00 AM PASS Keynote – Quentin Clark [RM:Dell Ballroom]
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM [DBA-403] Advanced SQL Server 2008 Troubleshooting [RM:6E]
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Women In Technology Luncheon – Make Yourself Heard: How to Ask for What You Want at Wo
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM [BIA-319-M] Data Quality Services in SQL Server Code Name "Denali” – A Closer Look [RM:612]
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM [DBA-314-S] What Happened? Exploring the Plan Cache [RM:6E]
5:00 PM – 6:15 PM My presentation –> [DBA-317] Discovering the Plan Cache [RM:602-604]
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Community Appreciation Party – sponsored by Microsoft and PASS [RM:GameWorks]
9:00 PM and on Bush Gardens, Tap House, or a random bar

Friday, October 14, 2011

7:15 AM – 8:00 AM SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Book Signing – Friday [RM:Room 211]
8:15 AM – 10:00 AM PASS Keynote – David J. DeWitt [RM:Dell Ballroom] – Live Blogging from the blogger table.
10:15 AM – 11:45 AM [AD-500-S] Query Tuning Mastery: Zen and the Art of Workspace Memory [RM:6E]
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch – Birds of a Feather – Sponsored by Dell [RM:Dining Hall]
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM [AD-501-M] Best Practices and Performance Tuning of XML Queries in SQL Server [RM:201]
2:30 PM – 3:45 PM [DBA-207] Baseline Basics: Where to Start, What You Need [RM:4C1-2]
4:15 PM – 5:30 PM My presentation –> [DBA-306] Extended Events, Work Smarter Not Harder [RM:4C4]
6:00 PM and on No plans…

Hopefully, if you are one of the people reading this, we’ll get a chance to chat at the summit.  If you can’t find me at the above place, feel free to contact me via twitter at @stratesql.

Mobile PASS Agenda

One last thing, if you have a smart phone, make sure you load Guidebook onto it.  You can browse the sessions, schedule, and other events through your phone and keep up with everything that is happening.  You can get started by searching for Guidebook in the Android market place or browsing to  Look through the directory and you’ll find the PASS Summit listed.

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