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. Needs to be done 2 […]Read more "Identify Risk Early"
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 more than twenty, with the […]Read more "The Calendar Driven Organization"
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. There is one coming up in […]Read more "A Plug for IT Pro Camps"
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, they offer email, RSS, even Twitter as an […]Read more "Lists of Words You May Not Know"
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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 of the progress being made. […]Read more "Tentative Meetings"
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 I need to network more […]Read more "Notes from SQLSaturday #86 in Tampa"
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 seem dry, but it’s really […]Read more "Book Review: Moneyball"
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 ingredient is iced tea. Quiet […]Read more "Reliving Basic Training, Sort Of"
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 event tomorrow. I’ll just be […]Read more "SQLSaturday #86 in Tampa–Tomorrow!"