October 2008 Blog Posts

Certification Update

Mea culpa. A friend pointed out to me that I was behind the times.  I kept using the acronym MCDBA to refer to SQL Server certifications when that is "SO 2000s".  Then I read Joe Webb's blog on the Certification Treadmill and it got me thinking about the topic again.  First, a quick check of the Microsoft web site shows that MCDBA was the acronym of choice for SQL Server 2000, but with SQL Server 2005 and 2008, you have your choice of pursuing an MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) or an MCITP (Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional).  For...

What NOT To-Do

One of my favorite authors on the subject of Leadership is Dr. John C. Maxwell.  Occasionally, he talks about how most people have To-Do lists, but more importantly, he recommends that leaders develop a NOT-To-Do list.  I was reminded of this while watching the video of Jason Fried (from 37signals) present at the 2008 Business of Software conference.  He has some provocative comments about the evils of specifications, along with some really good ideas.  Find an hour to sit and watch it, and then come up with your own Not-To-Do list.