SQL PASS Session Stats

Published On: 2010-01-21By:

So I got my session stats from my SQL PASS presentation a little while back, but I’ve been so busy I haven’t been able to put up a post about them.

My Session was DBA-421 Storage for the DBA. I had a great response rate on the evals with 66 evals turned in (there were about 100-120 people in the room). Overall the responses were pretty positive. I used a scale of Very Poor = 1 and Excellent = 5 to get the average score. Other numbers are just counts.

Very Poor Poor Average Good Excellent Avg Score
How would you rate the usefulness of the session information in your day-to-day environment? 0 2 6 22 37 4.5
How would you rate the Speaker’s presentation skills? 0 0 8 18 41 4.5
How would you rate the Speaker’s knowledge of the subject? 0 0 1 10 56 4.8
How would you rate the accuracy of the session title, description, and experience level to the actual session? 0 0 1 20 46 4.6
How would you rate the amount of time allocated to cover the topic/session? 1 0 10 27 29 4.2
How would you rate the quality of the presentation materials? 0 0 7 26 34 4.4

Averaging all the scores over all the questions, overall that session rated at 4.51. Not bad for my first time out at SQL PASS. The part where I got really nailed on the evals was time (which I can’t control). A couple of people actually mentioned to me on the way out of the session that I should do it again next year as a spotlight session which would give me another 15 minutes. I’ll probably do that and see if they let me go at it again.

I only received three comments to which I’ll happily respond.

1. More pictures required – I’d love to, but this session turns into a two hour session some times as it is.
2. Too much detail about speaker’s environment, not enough practical info about databases. – This isn’t a database specific session, and they only SAN environment which I can use for demos is my own (I’m working on getting something together to fix that a bit).
3. Too many questions derailed the presentation. – True, I do need to work on that some, but I hate leaving people with unanswered questions. Ah, to fine some happy balance.

For those that submitted an eval, thank you. The feedback is always welcome. For those that didn’t please do so in the future. The evals provide very useful feedback to all the speakers and to the conference.

Thanks again to everyone that came to PASS, and I’ll see you in November in Seattle (unless I get approved for some of the like 6 conferences for 2010 that I’ve already submitted to or I’m planning on submitting to).


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