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 times it’s not a question […]Read more "I Don’t Know"
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 not as if there was […]Read more "8 Weeks In"
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 learn the strategies, odds are […]Read more "Checkers, Chess, and Politics"
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 also part of a panel […]Read more "My Sessions & Schedule at the 2011 PASS Summit–Early View"
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. There’s some good discussion in the […]Read more "PASS Update #64 (Officer Elections)"
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 of the speakers, who will […]Read more "SQLSaturday #85 Is Just Around the Corner"
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 be “no” I think on […]Read more "Testing Decisions"
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 tended to measure success by […]Read more "Parking Places & Editorials"