Archives: September 2011
This is something I saw recently, a large chalkboard – like the kind they used to have in schools – on a hallway at a client. People come by and write notes. I’ve seen a countdown to the holidays, reminders to work together, things about upcoming games, and more. Occasionally… Read more
I’m writing this on Sunday afternoon after the event, thinking about the event and what I want to share with you:
- The speaker party started with a down pour, forcing us into a too small back room that still worked. Great evening conversations.
- We used the built-in SpeedPASS for the…
It’s 7am on Friday and I can’t wait for the day to end, head home to change and then go to the speaker party, followed by an entire day of learning, networking, and just plain fun. We’ve still got room for more attendees, if you’re in the area hope you’ll… Read more
Last year it was the Tina Turner impersonator. Was it last year or the year before where the servers spun up to the point it sounded like they would take off?
I thought the Tina Turner experience was the first one that really stuck. It was one of those “I… Read more
I have a tendency to carry more than I need, the equivalent of the Batman Utility Belt. I just went through and did some pruning, tried to get back to the basics:
- Laptop. My E6500 for now. Love the machine, wish it was lighter. Looking with awe at the ultrabooks…
I wanted to start with a follow up to my last post about the officer elections and the concerns about having two officers from the same company. The question came in about whether having two from the same company increased the risk, and I want to try to answer that. Read more
Someone I worked with recently on the server side of the business had that to say about SQL Server compared to Oracle. His perception as a guy that is on the fringe if not the middle of performance problems is that SQL Server doesn’t need much in the way of… Read more
More than once I’ve run into situations where I’m working with two people/groups that don’t get along. Especially as a manager or consultant its easy to wind up between two factions that can’t get along for reasons often lost to history. Telling them to ‘work it out’ rarely works. If… Read more
It’s easy to get so busy with life you forget to dream, at least for me. Most of us have dreams, ranging from winning the lottery to having kids to the vacation to Tahiti. Some dreams are practical, such as paying off your mortgage. Some are less practical or even… Read more
I wanted to write this because lately I say “I don’t know” a couple times a day to my client/boss. I know what I know, I try to prepare well, but she has an uncanny knack for asking questions that go one step beyond in some way. A lot of… Read more
I’m about eight weeks into my current project and while I’m certain I don’t know it all, I’m finally at the point where I understand most of the work, know who most of the people are, and have a good idea on how to navigate to the finish line. It’s… Read more
There are few games that don’t have some kind of strategy, from tic-tac-toe on up. Sometimes we take the time to master (or try to) the strategies, sometimes it’s enough to just play. If you just play though, and then decide to play against someone that takes the time to… Read more
I was just checking the event calendar and saw that my Building a Professional Development Plan presentation is on Wednesday at 3:00 pm. It’s one of my favorite presentations and out of all the ones I’ve done, it’s the one that I get follow up email on the most. I’m… Read more
Recently former PASS President Kevin Kline posted his thoughts on the current slate of officers. I encourage you to read it, but the crux of the post is that Kevin opposes having two members of the same company serve on the Executive Committee as a protection against undue influence.… Read more
Coming up on September 24th we’ll be doing our fifth annual SQLSaturday here in Orlando. We’re still at Seminole State College but in a different building (not far away), we’ve got a great schedule, we’re charging less for lunch this year (only $5!), and lunch will be served by many… Read more
One of the things I like to do is take some time on decisions that matter to me. That’s a broad scope. Typically “yes” decisions are ones that I’m immediately comfortable with the risk, reward, whatever, and I know that I’m not going to rethink it afterward. Decisions that will… Read more
Parking places, that’s the topic of my recent editorial on SSC. A simple topic, but one that most of us get (after you read the editorial!) and one that transcends technology, maybe one that reminds us that we all metaphorically put on our pants one leg at a time.
I’ve… Read more