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The Scary DBA

I have twenty+ years experience in IT. That time was spent in technical support, development and database administration. I work forRed Gate Software as a Product Evangelist. I write articles for publication at SQL Server Central, Simple-Talk, PASS Book Reviews and SQL Server Standard. I have published two books, ”Understanding SQL Server Execution Plans” and “SQL Server 2008 Query Performance Tuning Distilled.” I’m one of the founding officers of the Southern New England SQL Server Users Group and its current president. I also work on part-time, short-term, off-site consulting contracts. In 2009 and 2010 I was awarded as a Microsoft SQL Server MVP. In the past I’ve been called rough, intimidating and scary. To which I usually reply, “Good.” You can contact me through grant -at- scarydba dot kom (unobfuscate as necessary).

Birds Of a Feather Lunch


The PASS Summit agenda is shaping up and it’s already looking to be much busier than last year. The latest is the Birds of a Feather lunch. It’s lunch with an MVP. At least 50 different MVP’s will be hosting a table each. At each table a topic of discussion will be hosted by the MVP present. It should be a lot fun. It’ll be a great way to meet people and share war stories, tips, approaches, what ever. The list of topics and the MVP’s leading are available here at Mike Walsh’s blog.

I’ll be hosting a table on Team Development. I crack jokes about beating up developers, but really I see them as partners and teammates. We’re all working towards a common goal, delivering the product, whatever it is, in a timely and efficient manner. If you’re interested in talking about ways to improve teamwork or sharing horror stories about failed teams, please stop by and chat for a bit.

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