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Tim Mitchell

Tim Mitchell is a business intelligence consultant, author, trainer, and SQL Server MVP with over a decade of experience. Tim is the principal of Tyleris Data Solutions and is a Linchpin People teammate. Tim has spoken at international, regional, and local venues including the SQL PASS Summit, SQLBits, SQL Connections, SQL Saturday events, and various user groups and webcasts. He is a board member at the North Texas SQL Server User Group in the Dallas area. Tim is coauthor of the book SSIS Design Patterns, and is a contributing author on MVP Deep Dives 2. You can visit his website and blog at TimMitchell.net or follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/Tim_Mitchell.

2009 Goals in Review

Late last year, I blogged about some goals I had set for myself to accomplish during 2009.  No goal-setting session is complete until you spend some time reviewing your completion of, or progress toward, those goals.  To that end, I’ll address those goals and how well I did for each of them during the past 12 months.

Presenting: I give myself highest marks on this one, as it was my big success for the year.  I greatly surpassed my goal of 3 presentations for the year, delivering ten presentations this year.

Blogging: Another success.  I had committed to blog twice per week during the year, for a total of about a hundred posts.  I haven’t tallied up all of the posts for the year, but I’m close to if not at that number for the year.  Action items include being more consistent in blogging (I tend to have bursts of blog posts, where I should be scheduling them ahead of time), and blogging more about specific technical subjects.

Forum Participation: I didn’t do as well on this as I had planned.  I had spikes of forum activity this year, where I’d spend a lot of time answering questions in one month and then drop off the following month.  I was not as consistent with my participation as I had hoped, and I’m going to include this for my improvement goals for 2010 as well.

Spend time with 12 new people: Success.  I committed to have dinner and/or drinks with at least 12 people that I’d never met before, and I went well beyond that goal.  This was made easier by way of my speaking “tour” of 2009.

Publish monthly articles and videos: Goals not met.  I committed to monthly articles and bimonthly training videos for SQLShare.com (formerly JumpstartTV.com), and I fell well short of that goal.

Certify on SQL Server 2008 BI: Goal not met. To be honest, I was not as fired up about this as I was about other goals so I’m not going to beat myself up too much, but I would still like to earn this designation at some point.  I’ve got a lot happening in 2010 so I may or may not add this one in for next year.

That’s it… Overall I give myself a passing grade, but I’ve got a few things that I’m going to be revisiting for next year.  Look for an upcoming blog post with next year’s plan of action.

Comments

Posted by Steve Jones on 1 January 2010

I think you did a great job on these, moving effort around on some goals. Speaking 10 times is impressive, and it seemed like you really enjoyed it.

Good luck in 2010!

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