This was fun to write, though it's hard to boil everything down to 10 big steps. I thnk as an industry we tend to forget that there are a LOT of us wearing multiple hats, working solo, just trying to get things done - and while we want to do things the right way, there isn't always clear guidance to help is figure it all out. This is a very short attempt at starting to map that out.Article is at http://www.sqlservercentral.com/articles/Career/61535/, and there are nice comments in the attached thread if you have time to read that as well. http://www.sqlservercentral.com/articles/Career/61535/
I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.