It’s not uncommon to get frustrated about something at work and send out an email blasting whatever person or group has caused you the frustration. It rarely ends well. It’s usually not very effective in generating the change, and it doesn’t do much to build your reputation as someone that can moderate their emotions under […]Read more "Drafting Email You’ll Never Send-Probably"
One of the things I hear a lot relating to work big and small is that it is “almost done”, with a close relative “basically done”, often spoken as they reach for the marker to cross of an item on the task list. I can appreciate that it’s useful to indicate progress in a simpler […]Read more "Done or Not Done"
Here’s a story from a recent meeting. We were discussing some problems and the team was talking through some options that were very interesting, technically good, just not ones that could get done for a variety of reasons. It’s frustrating to be in that position, seeing at least a “better” solution on the good/better/best range […]Read more "Jedi Mind Tricks"
If you haven’t used it (and I rarely do myself), Ident_Current (‘tablename’) returns the last identity value generated across all sessions. It’s something to use carefully, and not fall into the trap of thinking that if Ident_Current = 2 and you insert a row that the value will be 3 – someone could have inserted […]Read more "A Surprising Result from Ident_Current"