The Collaboration Commission – Part 3

The Collaboration Commission – Part 3

Doubling down on my decision to lead My new understanding of the responsibility virus has helped me view a lot of my past experiences and, more importantly, my past perspectives in a new light. This has helped solidify my goals…

The Collaboration Commission – Part 2

The Collaboration Commission – Part 2

I have begun this journey focused on the monkey management problem because it had to most direct impact on me to cause my burnout. Taking on too many monkeys and becoming overwhelmed with the work caused my breaking point. However,…

Learning to Manage: Recovering from a crash

Learning to Manage: Recovering from a crash

One year and nine months ago, I took my first formal management position. I stepped into the role thinking that I knew a bit about management. I felt as though my team leadership experiences in my past meant that I…

Musings of a DevOps Data Pro

Musings of a DevOps Data Pro

Continuous delivery and automation are a couple of core concepts of DevOps. As a Data Professional, I have spent countless hours pushing through the resistance of people who feel the data tier should be left out of source control, automated…

Amazon Redshift Unexpected Commit

Amazon Redshift Unexpected Commit

If you are familiar with sqlhammer.com, then you know that I heavily specialize in the Microsoft Data Platforms. My experiences with Microsoft, and specifically the SQL Server products, established an expectation that explicit transactions would always commit/rollback successfully or there…

NYC Yellow Cab Data in Azure SQL Data Warehouse

NYC Yellow Cab Data in Azure SQL Data Warehouse

Microsoft Azure provides a convenient feature when creating a new Azure SQL Data Warehouse database. You can create the database from a backup of the Microsoft sample database, AdventureWorksDW. This is super fast and easy. It also has huge tables…

Active Forgiveness

Active Forgiveness

Earlier this year, I wrote about Failure Integrity Power Transparency and Respect. This was taken from the perspective of a person who is learning how to navigate their failures or the failures of a group which includes them. In this…

SQLHammer in 2018

SQLHammer in 2018

SQLHammer.com has been quieter than usual this year. I have not written nearly as many blog posts as I would like. The reason for this is because I have been very busy and I thought it was time to update…

Tell me your problems

Tell me your problems

I need your help. I am working on improving my department’s problem solving skills. This is going to manifest in a lot of one-on-one mentoring, team exercises, and formal presentations. The formal presentations I am going to build into sessions…