I love data. I live data. As part of my lifestyle and profession, I continually ask lots of questions - almost a Socratic method if you will, where I try to inflate what works, and get rid of what doesn't.
I'm looking at potentially getting a Rallysprint going in the Southeast and was wondering: how do organizers measure a successful event? Knowing what people consider success criteria will give me a lot of focus to figure out where I should spend time to achieve maximum results (whatever those results are).
So, I ask the group at large: what makes your events successful?
What makes you say a week later, "yeah! that was awesome!" Is it...
* number of entries
* amount of beer consumed
* number of angry citizens or law enforcement (as close to zero)
* number of inquiries filed (as close to zero)
* low attrition rate?
* competitors indicating how much fun they had?
* women? (or men for you ladies out there...)
* ratio of planned to actual mileage run?
* comparison of scheduled finish time to actual finish time?
* number of volunteers?
I ask because I'm trying to understand what makes a good event. I know this is a very loaded question, but I'm curious how many people actually sit back and have an honest evaluation of their performance to figure out 1) how well was the effort and 2) what COULD be better next time and probably most important of all 3) what WILL be better next time.
If everything was perfect, about 95% of the communication occurring on this (and similar forums) simply wouldn't exist. So - let's chat.
Help me help the community when I run an event. Friends don't let friends organize crappy events. (That's assuming I still have any friends here...)