Building Culture

  • Grant Fritchey

    SSC Guru

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    Comments posted to this topic are about the item Building Culture

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    The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood...
    Theodore Roosevelt

    The Scary DBA
    Author of: SQL Server 2017 Query Performance Tuning, 5th Edition and SQL Server Execution Plans, 3rd Edition
    Product Evangelist for Red Gate Software

  • bdenning

    Valued Member

    Points: 74

    Wow, the "Scary DBA" going to attempt to be "aggressively friendly"?  That sounds like a cold front meeting a warm front, and that always precedes a storm.  Good luck with that Grant.  I do say though that generally, "aggressive friendliness" along with helpfulness has been what I've encountered in the SQL community, and a thanks to all of you that have persisted this culture.

  • Grant Fritchey

    SSC Guru

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    Ha! Thanks.

    It's who we learned from, right. We found a friendly, amazing culture, so we perpetuated it. The "right way" to do the data platform thing is to be helpful and friendly. I know because that's how I learned it.

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    The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood...
    Theodore Roosevelt

    The Scary DBA
    Author of: SQL Server 2017 Query Performance Tuning, 5th Edition and SQL Server Execution Plans, 3rd Edition
    Product Evangelist for Red Gate Software

  • xsevensinzx

    One Orange Chip

    Points: 25558

    On my team, I am certainly trying to build a culture centered around being open, honest, and always on the quest for more knowledge to not only improve themselves, but also help the team be smarter through knowledge sharing/transfer. I take this approach because I noticed a trend among a lot of young professionals in that if they find they are the smartest people in the room, then they should quit. I actually dislike this approach because it emphasizes that if you think that you are the smartest, then screw the team and move on. This is often a bad approach because although someone may not know something, if you take the time to show them, they often may help you discover something you did not see.

    Therefore, I am focused on building a culture around the opposite as well a more open and casual environment where we can all help ourselves while also pushing the business forward together. No man or woman left behind.

  • Grant Fritchey

    SSC Guru

    Points: 396553

    xsevensinzx - Monday, February 19, 2018 8:59 PM

    On my team, I am certainly trying to build a culture centered around being open, honest, and always on the quest for more knowledge to not only improve themselves, but also help the team be smarter through knowledge sharing/transfer. I take this approach because I noticed a trend among a lot of young professionals in that if they find they are the smartest people in the room, then they should quit. I actually dislike this approach because it emphasizes that if you think that you are the smartest, then screw the team and move on. This is often a bad approach because although someone may not know something, if you take the time to show them, they often may help you discover something you did not see.

    Therefore, I am focused on building a culture around the opposite as well a more open and casual environment where we can all help ourselves while also pushing the business forward together. No man or woman left behind.

    Great idea. I'd love to hear how it works out, including wrinkles & hiccups.

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    The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood...
    Theodore Roosevelt

    The Scary DBA
    Author of: SQL Server 2017 Query Performance Tuning, 5th Edition and SQL Server Execution Plans, 3rd Edition
    Product Evangelist for Red Gate Software

  • Jeff Moden

    SSC Guru

    Points: 996651

    xsevensinzx - Monday, February 19, 2018 8:59 PM

    On my team, I am certainly trying to build a culture centered around being open, honest, and always on the quest for more knowledge to not only improve themselves, but also help the team be smarter through knowledge sharing/transfer. I take this approach because I noticed a trend among a lot of young professionals in that if they find they are the smartest people in the room, then they should quit. I actually dislike this approach because it emphasizes that if you think that you are the smartest, then screw the team and move on. This is often a bad approach because although someone may not know something, if you take the time to show them, they often may help you discover something you did not see.

    Therefore, I am focused on building a culture around the opposite as well a more open and casual environment where we can all help ourselves while also pushing the business forward together. No man or woman left behind.

    Totally agree and having done it when I first started working for my current company (and previous companies), I can tell you that it works very, very well.  That's a good part of why I sit with the Developers (being the old dude in the group, I also protect them from "drive by shootings" by users and managers and they seem to appreciate that, as well).  We do peer reviews with a strong emphasis on mentoring and knowledge sharing during the reviews (and, yeah, I also learn), we have a WIKI of some tips and tricks as well as standards, and we occasionally have "Lunch'n'Learns".  Anyone can ask anyone, including the infrastructure folks, for help or ideas.  Although there are certainly centers of particular expertise (no one can know everything), there are no silos.

    --Jeff Moden


    RBAR is pronounced "ree-bar" and is a "Modenism" for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
    First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
    ________Stop thinking about what you want to do to a ROW... think, instead, of what you want to do to a COLUMN.
    "Change is inevitable... change for the better is not".
    "If "pre-optimization" is the root of all evil, then what does the resulting no optimization lead to?"

    Helpful Links:
    How to post code problems
    How to Post Performance Problems
    Create a Tally Function (fnTally)

  • maroon-78

    Ten Centuries

    Points: 1014

    It's Scary how your culture affects your day-to-day interactions with your co-workers.

  • Grant Fritchey

    SSC Guru

    Points: 396553

    maroon-78 - Tuesday, February 20, 2018 11:53 AM

    It's Scary how your culture affects your day-to-day interactions with your co-workers.

    Ba dum bum.

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    The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood...
    Theodore Roosevelt

    The Scary DBA
    Author of: SQL Server 2017 Query Performance Tuning, 5th Edition and SQL Server Execution Plans, 3rd Edition
    Product Evangelist for Red Gate Software

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