I really debated over whether to write Your Cloud Held Hostage – Could It Happen?. Figuring out when/if to adopt is hard enough just on the technical and pricing issues, is it good to add fear to the mix? I finally decided that raising awareness a bit more was worth doing, even if in a […]
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First Episodes was published last week and by design was a less than serious topic with hopefully broad appeal. I like that SSC runs some non-technical, not-serious editorials sometimes. It’s a way for everyone to remember, or appreciate perhaps, that we often share common interests and attributes outside of work, and that those external influences […]
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Mastery – Repetition, Variations, and Depth was published yesterday and as you can surmise is about learning, one of my favorite topics. I’m not sure we teach the realities to those new to our profession. We can’t learn it all, know it all, master it all. We can’t measure our career by what we don’t […]
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I continue to be a student and observer of culture at work, it’s always interesting to see a unique twist of an idea, or to see how various groups within a company have their own sub-culture. Often it’s about seeing an idea and amplifying it, something I thought about when I read an Inc Magazine […]
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I wrote We Want Maturity, But Is It Fun? for SQLServerCentral to begin sorting out my own thoughts about when and why I see work as fun. I’m a problem solver at heart, so a good day (and a good job) is one that gives me interesting problems to solve. I enjoy the process of […]
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I wrote Titles Matter – Part 2 based on lessons learned the hard way not long ago. Titles matter because they help the rest of the team understand where you fit in. Titles are the ultimate elevator pitch – this is what I do. I was pleased to see one comment where someone changed their […]
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Few things have more impact on our career than job titles. The job titles we’ve held tell future employers a lot about us, and job titles on positions we’re considering are the first visual filter we apply. Titles are the most abbreviated way there is of saying “I do this” or “I want do that”. […]
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I wrote What Is the Hardest Feature to Learn About SQL Server? not really knowing what answer to expect. So far no one topic has risen to the top of the list in the discussion. What about you, have you found some part of SQL really hard to learn?
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Contrary to the title (by design), Access Disdain is about not automatically hating Access (or it’s users). Clearly Access has limitations, but so do most apps that we give to “average” users and the more industrious ones build stuff because that’s the tool they have (when all you have is a hammer….). I’ve never minded […]
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If you work with colleagues that aren’t as interested in growing and learning as you are, I hope you’ll read Infect Your Colleagues with the Learning Bug. It’s both a how-to and a caution against pushing too hard. It’s an interesting topic, I’ll be curious to see the tone of the discussion that develops.
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