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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: November 2011

Saxophone Fire and Bad Words

There is nothing like having two children to remind you how strange, funny, and complicated language can be. Try answering the question “why is — a bad word?” in a way that makes sense to a four year old. Yesterday she asked me if hate was a bad word, and… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 30 November 2011

TechEd Comes to Orlando in June 2012

Just saw the official announcement MS TechEd will be in Orlando June 11-14, 2012, at the Orange County Convention Center. Here in Orlando that means we need to get busy with oPASS and ONETUG to see if we can engage some of the speakers that will be in town for… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 30 November 2011

SQL Mag Top 10 Bloggers

I was astounded to see this blog at #4 on the list from the recent SQL Server Magazine Community Choice Awards.

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Posted in SQLAndy on 29 November 2011

Logo for The Mentoring Project

We’re looking for ideas – see the post on designing the logo!

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Posted in SQLAndy on 28 November 2011

The Mute the Phone Office Prank

The client I work with as a lot of conference rooms, all with the standard Polycom conference phone that works well enough. Most just have the phone, a few have the extension microphones (image below). I was a couple minutes early for a recent meeting where I was an attendee… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 23 November 2011

Review: Gamma Seal Lids

Last weekend I needed to go to Home Depot to get a five gallon bucket and a lid so we could store some rice we had purchased at Costco in bulk. The bucket was $3, and the lids were next to it for $2. We already have one of these… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 22 November 2011

Book Review: Highest Duty, My Search For What Really Matters

Highest Duty, My Search For What Really Matters by Chesley Sullenberger is the autobiography of the pilot who landed Flight 1549 in the Hudson. I listened to it as an audio book and was pleasantly surprised, it was a well done effort that covered a lot more than just the… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 21 November 2011

Managing By Walking Around

For a long time a core piece of my ‘style’ has been to wander the halls a couple times a day to see what is going on. It’s been effective as a consultant and as a DBA, I get a lot of requests for help as I pass by that… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 18 November 2011

Culture Cubes

A while back I posted about Culture Posters, a technique for trying to build your culture by writing down the core attributes. It’s worth doing, but is a poster enough? How do you get the team to truly absorb it?

The CIO I work with right now took those… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 17 November 2011

Distance Decreases Stress

When I’m managing I tend to absorb the stress that my teams feel. It’s my job to help them be successful and to a large degree happy, so when they are stress – especially the frustration kind – I tend to share it with them. It’s human to do that,… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 17 November 2011

Identify Risk Early

One of the mistakes I see a lot is teams failing to identify risks early and failing to leave time to deal with the unexpected things that come up. Imagine a project that seems to have work something like this:

  • Task A. Needs to be done 100 times
  • Task B.…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 November 2011

The Calendar Driven Organization

I’ve had jobs where I might have one meeting a week, I’ve had a few with some type of daily status meeting, and in my current consulting role I average more than 30 meetings a week. The size of the meeting may range from me and one other person to… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 15 November 2011

A Plug for IT Pro Camps

Here is something else that started in Florida (doesn’t everything?), a series of events along the lines of Code Camp and SQLSaturday for IT professionals called IT Pro Camps. It’s a group that has been way under served and I hope this will be the start of changing that.… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 14 November 2011

Lists of Words You May Not Know

The Merriam-Webster site has an interesting list of Top 10 Lists, ranging from commonly confused words to things you didn’t know have names. It’s an interesting way to spend a few minutes.

Want to grow more than that? Sign up for the reference.com Word of the Day,… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 14 November 2011

Culture Shock

The work I’m doing right now has nothing to do with SQL Server, and while it deals with technology, it’s really about people and process and all the stuff that goes with those as I try to get a number of projects driven to completion. I expected to miss the… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 14 November 2011

Tentative Meetings

A lot of my work right now involves going to meetings. A few of them are ones I  host, a few are ones that I have to attend, but most of them are led by others and I usually attend only to watch for problems and to have a sense… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 10 November 2011

Notes from SQLSaturday #86 in Tampa

Quick notes as it is already Thursday!

The speaker party went well. Well attended, I spent a lot of time chatting with Richie Rump, John Welch, and Joe Celko. It was interesting to see how many speakers I didn’t know – just a different crowd for the BI event, clearly… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 10 November 2011

Book Review: Moneyball

With the movie coming out I realized somehow I’d missed reading Moneyball by Michael Lewis. It’s the story of how the Oakland A’s, a team with a very small budget, are able to compete with teams that have the money to get the best players. It’s about statistics which might… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 9 November 2011

Reliving Basic Training, Sort Of

Recently I had the luxury of a long afternoon lunch at Chipotle on a Sunday afternoon, catching up on some reading and enjoying fall in Florida (for those who don’t live here, that means a very tolerable 75 degrees in the shade). For those who aren’t Chipotle fans the key… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 7 November 2011

SQLSaturday #86 in Tampa–Tomorrow!

With a little bit of luck I’ll be arriving in Orlando today around 9 am as I return from SQLConnections in Las Vegas, headed to work, and then somewhere around 3 or 4 pm leaving for the 2 hour drive to Tampa for the speaker dinner and then the big… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 4 November 2011

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