Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Stuff I'll never do as a boss, again.

I've been reading a lot about building good corporate culture and trying to retain employees and recruit new team members.  I've been away from the team lead position for about 6 months but have been consulting with large organizations.  I've come up with a short list of things I'll never do and will probably do as a boss.  You might not agree but I hope as a member on a team I lead you will appreciate some of them.

  • I'll never pressure you to give to the United Way or other charity because your employer said so. 
    I will try to work out schedules if you are donating your time and it doesn't really interfere with anything.
  • I'll never ask you to do something I wouldn't do. 
    I will ask you to do something because you are better at it than I am.
  • I'll never pressure you into after work social events.  Not everybody likes free football tickets.
    I might spread the word about a cool user group topic that is coming up though.  You really don't want the free tickets?
  • I'll never ask you to work thru lunch or whenever it is you eat.
    I might invite you to go out to lunch with me, I might even want to buy.
  • I'll never ask you to evaluate your peers.
    That's my job to decide if another team member isn't pulling his/her weight.  You can tell me if it's hurting your timeline, but I'll not force you to do it.  I will ask you to evaluate me.
  • I'll never ask you to play some stupid team building game and reveal your inner most secrets.
    I can always look on your Facebook for that sort of thing.  I might ask you to play Halo sometime, though try not to frag me too much. I like to play but am not very good.
  • I'll never ask you to remind me when a meeting is or when I veer off course.  I know my responsibility.  But if I am late, txt me with all caps and pick on me about it.  I won't retaliate.
    I will tell you when your veering off course and I'll tell you really early.
I have probably done some of these things in my past as a team leader.  I really regret that. 

I think there is enough pressure at work to get the job done.  A lot of the office politics is really old fashioned.  The workplace is full of diverse individuals.  You have a life.  I'm asking for a lot of it, so I'll try to treat you fairly.  Hopefully the company we work for treats us as well as we treat each other.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Very busy months for SQL Saturday in September and October

If you’ve never attended the free 1 day seminar called SQL Saturday than the next few months give you plenty of chances.  Some Saturdays there are events in 3 or 4 different cities at once.  Even if you are outside the US, there is probably a SQL Saturday each year within a few hours drive or flight. 


SQL Saturday is for beginners and seasoned professionals.  There are always multiple rooms with speakers presenting at the same time.  I suggest using Schedule Builder feature of the SQL Saturday website once you’ve registered for the event nearest you.


I’ve been attending and sharing my experiences at SQL Saturdays for years now.  Each event is top notch and very organized.  The list of speakers are the best SQL experts in the world.


I’m next speaking at SQL Saturday #149 in Minnesota September 29th.  I’ve had the privilege to speak in Chicago, Indianapolis, Columbus, New York City, and Kansas City.  I’ve also attended Louisville a few times.


You should check out the SQL Saturday website for more information and the upcoming schedule.  If you don’t see your area, check out the list of previous events.  Maybe you’ve missed it and you’ll find out what month it will be back next year.



A Complete BI Solution in About an Hour!


In this presentation Aaron will cover how to collect data from multiple SQL Servers using SQL Server 2008 Integration Services (SSIS). Then he will use SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) to report detail on that data. After that he will use SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) to create a KPI. Finally he’ll present that KPI on a dashboard via a web page. The goal of this presentation is to show how seamless the Microsoft Business Intelligence products are. If you’ve only used a few of these products, you’ll appreciate seeing them together all at once. Code will be provided.


Session Level: Beginner

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Windows 8 Consumer Preview

I downloaded the developer preview months ago and put it on an old laptop.  It was fun but really testy.  A few weeks ago I purchased a Acer Iconia Tab W500 from the Microsoft Store for $399.  It’s a 1 GHz dual core tablet with a 32GB SSD.  It came with Windows 7 on it.  I put the developer preview on it, much better but prone to crashes.




This morning I downloaded the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.  It’s even better.  I’m actually in love with it.  It takes some getting used to with the way the settings menu and apps work together.  Performance is awesome.  I’ve gotten about 6 hours out of the battery.  With 7, battery life was about 3 hours.


What I want:


    1. Office 15
  1. Better People Tile
  2. Better Reader


I have tons of motivation to work on cool Metro apps now though so you’ll see more from me about Windows 8.