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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.

Archives: August 2011

Strong Manager or Weak Manager?

Here’s the link to my editorial on SSC last week. I was pleasantly surprised by the discussion, and was interested to see that rather than strong the word ‘brave’ popped up. That’s interesting to consider, it’s less about technical skills and more about personality, the willingness to fight the hard… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 30 August 2011

Notes From The 2011 Jacksonville Code Camp

In a departure from my usual plan, this year I drove up to Jacksonville mid-morning in time to have a leisurely lunch with my family, and then had them drop me off at the University of North Florida about 1:30 pm. It’s definitely different to arrive in after lunch, all… Read more

0 comments, 823 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 29 August 2011

PASS Update #63 (How Do We Rate)

A short update today, following up on an email to the Board from incoming VP of Finance Douglas McDowell who suggested we go through an evaluation process similar to what is done at Charity Navigator.

As far as I can tell we don’t meet their qualifications to be rated,… Read more

0 comments, 787 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 25 August 2011

What I’ve Been Up To Lately

I ran into a friend at a recent event and during the discussion he asked what I was doing lately because he couldn’t tell from my blog. Good comment, and reminds me how easy it is to forget to discuss what seems obvious.

Last year my restlessness hit a new… Read more

0 comments, 638 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 24 August 2011

PASS Update #62

Our most recent Board meeting was Aug 11 & 12 in Ft Lauderdale (located so we could attend SQLSaturday on Saturday). The week started with our management company deciding to change plans and attend by phone instead of in person. In person meetings are where we hope collaboration gets done,… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 24 August 2011

Defining Your Culture

Imagine that you take over a team, department, maybe even a whole company, and as you look around at how things are done and how people are treated you decide that the culture isn’t what you want it to be. That doesn’t mean the current culture is bad, just that… Read more

0 comments, 639 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 23 August 2011

Networking Dinner at the PASS Summit 2011

We’re repeating our event this year, a low key no sponsor dinner for those that arrive early and want to enjoy dinner with old friends and new ones. We’re having it on Monday night this year, and it will start at 6:30 pm (though one of us will be there… Read more

0 comments, 670 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 22 August 2011

Writing Your Resume

There’s a  lot of info out there about putting together a resume, and I probably can’t add a lot, but I reviewed a resume for a friend recently and of the notes I sent back, I wanted to share a couple here:

  • Tell them what you want to do. Are…

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2 comments, 783 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 17 August 2011

You Are Allowed to Care About Whatever You Want

I wanted to write this because its often overlooked. I care about things that may not interest you, things that may interest you, things that you may totally despise. And vice versa. As individuals that’s fine, we live our lives and move on.

In a group setting it’s harder. Imagine… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 August 2011


Micromanaging is one of those words that evokes an instant negative image. Certainly there are times when it happens, but it’s surprisingly hard to define well. Maybe a very rough high level definition is “excessive oversight”.

Most of the time on the management side it happens due to inexperience, a… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 15 August 2011

Notes from SQLSaturday #79

This was the third SQLSaturday in South Florida and the third time I’ve attended, just too good an event to miss, especially towards the end of summer when it includes the chance to visit Ft Lauderdale beach for a while.

I was in town early for the event for the… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 15 August 2011

Meet the PASS Board at SQLSaturday #79 In South Florida

We’re having a PASS Board meeting and many of us will be staying for the event on Saturday (and an annual event for me!). It’s a chance for us to meet members and for members to sit with us to talk about things. We’ll be at the PASS table and… Read more

0 comments, 670 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 12 August 2011

Seeking Volunteers for the Nomination Committee

We have a few changes in the election process for PASS this year, one of them is that we have a mini-election to seat the member portion of the NomCom. It’s a critical role, the NomCom applies the guidance from the Board to the interview process and in the end,… Read more

1 comments, 646 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 11 August 2011

Call for Speakers for the SQL Track at the Tallahassee Code Camp

The annual Code Camp is coming up on October 1st in Tallahassee and our local SQL group is trying to find speakers to set up a SQL track. If you live in the area, or just up for a weekend trip to learn and share, consider going.

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Posted in SQLAndy on 10 August 2011

See the New Logo and Graphics for SQLSaturday

Officially launched today, it’s been a project that took a while to bubble to the top, but we’ve done an upgrade to the logo and to the overall site layout. We “test drove” this with many of the event leaders first and so far a lot of positive feedback. If… Read more

1 comments, 661 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 10 August 2011

PASS Update #61

Just a few quick updates.

First, on the SQLSaturday site we’ll be shortly rolling out an updated logo and layout for the public facing site. We’ve had the event leaders review the plan and while it wouldn’t be fair to see all agreed, we felt like we had a good… Read more

2 comments, 619 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 9 August 2011

Money, Transparency, and Community Events

I’m going to ramble today. This is a complex topic and I think you’ll see by the end that I have some concerns but not necessarily the answers. None of this is new, but I think it’s worth looking at now that we’ve had some success.

Back when I started… Read more

4 comments, 902 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 8 August 2011

Celebrating Mistakes-Part 2

I’ve been thinking about this a lot. It’s easy to say we want to take risks, much harder to set the boundaries so that you demand diligence. Taking risks shouldn’t be on the level of buying lotto tickets or a roll of the dice. It’s got to be a shared… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 5 August 2011

Celebrating Mistakes-Part 1

Most of us learn more from mistakes than successes. We talk about taking risks, but what is the average response when you fail – not good, is it? We’re not trying to fail, to make mistakes, to disappoint the boss. Does intent matter?

Sometimes. There are mistakes and then, there… Read more

0 comments, 666 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 4 August 2011

Detecting Fake Reviews

I saw this write up about Cornell coming up with a way to detect fake online reviews with about 90% accuracy. It seems like a simpler problem than detecting spam, though I don’t know if that is true or not. It’s worth opening up the link to see a simple… Read more

0 comments, 851 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 3 August 2011

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