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"
Back in April Steve Jones mentioned reading a review of The Phoenix Project by mutual friend Thomas LaRock. It’s a book about IT written as a story that covers the trials and mishaps that all of us will identify with – corrupted data, SAN failure, too many projects, unrealistic demands, etc. The goal is to […]Read more "Review: The Phoenix Project"
Most of you probably get that there will always be a bottleneck in a system. You implement a fix in one place, now something else becomes the constraint. The hard lesson to learn is that there is point of diminishing returns on optimizing (anything). Doesn’t mean you should stop, just that you should think about […]Read more "Moving The Bottleneck"
I just saw a post from Brian Kelley about the new PASS Security Virtual Chapter launching and the first presentation (by Brian on encryption) is tomorrow. That seems like a great step after the observations Brian made back in May about there only being one security topic at the Summit this year. It also makes […]Read more "PASS Security Virtual Chapter & Security Topics at PASS Summit"
It’s done, finally! The sessions for SQLSaturday #232 have been selected and the schedule is available for viewing. We have 8 tracks this year, 6 slots per track, for a whopping 48 sessions this year. It’s an amazing list of speakers – go take a look, you’ll see! If you’re attending, or haven’t made up […]Read more "Speakers Announced for SQLSaturday #232 in Orlando"
Next week I’ll be doing a new presentation about PCI compliance – aka dealing with credit cards – online (follow this link for free registration). My goal is to put PCI in perspective for DBA’s, starting with a quick overview of what PCI is, then discussing how audits work, and then some information about what […]Read more "PCI Compliance Presentation on July 17, 2013"