First, I know as I write this that my friend Kevin will be emailing me later today that I’ve jumped the shark again (is it possible to do it more than once?)! Still, it’s every bloggers right to inject a small amount of whimsy into what they write and I’m exercising that right today. Over […]Read more "Building a Better Litter Box"
Luis Figueroa did a nice job presenting on Master Data Management. It’s nice to see the tools evolving, though I’ll confess to thinking that MDM is one of those dreams that is rarely achieved in most organizations. Jen Underwood did a presentation on predictive analytics. Lots of good background on the terminology, nice demos, and […]Read more "Notes From The August 2012 OPASS Meeting"
This past weekend I’ve been reading The Zen of Listening by Rebecca Shafir, part of my ongoing efforts to be better at many things and also part of research for an upcoming project. The book was a good starting point for me, with some ideas on the different types of listening and how mindfulness and […]Read more "Need Recommendations on Being a Better Listener"
Over the years I’ve been primary a skills interviewer. In theory I know what skills are needed and in theory I want to hire someone that can do a hundred percent of those on day one. The other technique is aptitude hiring – asking questions that can reveal the interest and ability to learn new […]Read more "Interview Candidates for Skills, Aptitude, Maybe Both"
Few things are more satisfying than to introduce two people when you think they have common interests. Often it’s driven by someone needing to fill a position or someone needing work, but that’s by no means the only scenario – it can just as easily be some common interest that has nothing to do with […]Read more "Be The Connector"
Luis Figueroa will be presenting Getting started with Master Data Services 2012 and then Jen Underwood will be presenting Practical Predictive Analytics – looks to be a nice evening of learning! Get all the details on the oPASS site.Read more "OPASS Meeting W/ Luis Figueroa & Jen Underwood–August 22, 2013"
LinkedIn groups have the option to enable a Jobs section and associated discussion area. Potential employers can post jobs directly to the group site – if they know the group is there and if they feel like investing the time. Think about how many different groups might be out there for different skill sets and […]Read more "Create A Job Feed For Your LinkedIn Group"
My friend Aaron Nelson was in Florida recently for SQLSaturday #231 and we always find a few minutes to catch up. We talk about how we’re doing in life and how we think things are going in the world of PASS and the SQL Server community. If you’ve never met Aaron (you should!) he exudes […]Read more "Share Your Ideas for Improving PASS on September 9th (Suggestion Tsunami!)"
Just saw this in the PASS Connector: The SQLSaturday numbers are in for our fiscal year, which ended June 30, with a total of 81 SQLSaturday events (49 US/32 international) compared to 61 events (37 US/24 international) the previous year. That feels like good, sustainable growth. I hope the trend continues!Read more "SQLSaturday Numbers For Period Ending June 30, 2013"
Time has flown by and we’re just five weeks from SQLSaturday #232 on September 14th, 2013. It’s a time of excitement and a bit of chaos for those of us on the organizing team. We’re trying to finalize the budget, order shirts for the speakers, get evaluation cards printed, and all the rest of the […]Read more "Five Weeks Until SQLSaturday #232 In Orlando"