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A series of episodes that look at databases and the world from a data professional's viewpoint. Written and recorded by Steve Jones, editor of SQLServerCentral and The Voice of the DBA.

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A series of episodes that look at databases and the world from a data professional's viewpoint. Written and recorded by Steve Jones, editor of SQLServerCentral and The Voice of the DBA.

    Investing in Speed

    Investing in Speed

    While most of us might not want to start our own company (or maybe we do), we can learn a few things from those that do. Building something new, being efficient, effective, and quick are skills needed when starting a company. I've read a lot about how companies are built and entrepreneurs work. Lately I ran across some advice from Daniel Gross, the founder of Pioneer, a former partner at Y-Combinator (from David Perell).
    Many of us are financially careful. We often are careful with how and where we spend money at home. I find lots of tech professionals frugal at work as well, often being careful with their budgets, or even with the requests they make of managers. That being said, here is a great quote:
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    Rolling Back One Bug for Another

    Rolling Back One Bug for Another

    I was working with a customer recently that develops software for use by their clients. They work in a DevOps style flow, regularly completing work and sending that to their clients. In one case, they released a hot fix quickly to resolve a bug in their software. In this case, the developers received the report, triage'd the bug, and released the fix in less than a week. Their clients were happy with the response and speed at which the fix was delivered.
    Unfortunately, they also released another bug with the fix. The new bug was in an unrelated area of the software, created by separate changes to the code. Now they had a dilemma. The hot fix helped some customers, but the fix also broke some things that other customers cared about.
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    The Challenge of Chat

    The Challenge of Chat

    I've followed 37 Signals (now Basecamp) and Jason Fried for years. I think they've built an amazing company and have a philosophy on business and life I admire. They've written books, and they blog often. Recently I saw a post on chat, which is something that I've struggled with at times. Even before this work-at-home-at-scale experiment we're all living, the challenges of everyone reaching out have weighed on my mind.
    Without an office that physically concentrates many people together, many of us are only communicating electronically with our coworkers. We've had email for years, and video conferencing is growing in use, and some of us have had instant messaging for years.  It seems that chat has become more pervasive and the ability to reach out with live, interactive chats is something that has become expected in many organizations. Whether this is on Slack, Teams, or some other channel, there is some good and bad with the medium. I think the post highlights the bad outweighing the good, and it mentions a few things I hadn't thought about.
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    Taking Quarantine Holiday

    Taking Quarantine Holiday

    On one hand I'm tired of writing about the challenges of working under this pandemic. On the other, it's not going away quickly, and I know there are many people struggling much more than I am. I don't in any way want to minimize the hardships that some of you are going through. I know there are many more important things than this topic for you.
    That being said, I wonder what some of you are doing about holidays and vacation this year. For many of us, any plans we might have had for a flight, a cruise, even a drive, might be derailed by closures and limitations. My wife would like to take a horse and go ride at a park, but many are closed. Other plans I had are completely up in the air for now, with no real idea of what to do instead.
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    Remote Sharing and Learning

    Remote Sharing and Learning

    Lots of technical people have spent time learning something on a computer. The idea of remote learning isn't new to many of us that have watched events online for some time. Many of us have had the chance to watch some remote session from Microsoft, Redgate, or some other software vendor. We might learn online from some site like Pluralsight, or maybe we even attend some of the virtual chapters that PASS supports.
    At this time, more of us than ever are remote from others, not just for learning, but most of our daily work, meetings, reviews, discussions, and more. Learning to be effective, and ensure you still perform at the level your employer expects, can be a challenge. I ran across a piece on how to run great workshops, which I think contains some good advice for many meetings, not just workshops or training sessions.
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    Smarter Design

    Smarter Design

    I have build a lot of PowerPoint decks over the years. Many of presentations, some for explaining a process, and once in awhile, I use it to create an image that's simple, but beyond my skills. Even putting some geometric shapes together in a clean, aligned manner, is something I've found easier to do in PowerPoint than Paint.Net.
    Some of you may have noticed the PowerPoint Design Ideas that pop up when you create a new slide. At first I didn't pay much attention, but I've started to take advantage of the ideas at times. The way that slides are put together is often much more visually appealing than any I'd think of by myself. Sometimes I take an idea and modify it slightly. At first I thought most of these were just standard templates, but Microsoft is starting to use more ML in the examples that pop up on the side.
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Sr. Systems Engineer

I look forward to hearing Steve's podcast each week on what DBA/IT people are going and how the industry is evolving. Balance technical with business goals is always a never-ending opportunity.

aaig ,

Excellent Podcast

Steve is great at providing information for the Database Administrator. I am a 'part time' DBA. And I get a lot out of this podcast and SQL Sever Central.

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Steve's shows are great

Steve is a matter-of-fact DBA that has a lot of experience in the trenches of database development and database maintenance. He is a straight-shooter that doesn't pull any punches. He offers his opinions and makes you question what you would do in the same situations. A must listen for anyone responsible for data in an organization.

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