Rants and Kudos

“Is this your first time attending?”

If you’ve ever registered for a large conference (e.g., an association’s annual conference), you’ve probably seen this question on the registration form. And you know what? I hate this question. As a data person, what this question says to me is, “Even if you’ve attended this meeting in the past, we don’t know who you …

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Kudos to ASAE

I’ve served as a volunteer for ASAE for many, many years. (My first volunteer effort was writing an article for their print(!) membership section newsletter back in 1994.) Over the years I’ve written many articles, spoken dozens if not hundreds of times, and served on three separate committees, once as chair. And over those years …

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Attention vendors! Check your work! – A lesson we can all learn

I’m conducting a search for a new AMS on behalf of one of my clients. We requested responses, including pricing, from five vendors. Of the five vendors responses, THREE of them had mathematical errors in their proposals. Ironically, the only area of the entire proposal that I can judge for absolute accuracy is the math! …

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