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  • Testing

    It’s 2015 and we still have no flying cars. (Dear Doc Brown, we still need roads. Love, Andy) On a similar note, we’ve suffered through another year of software breaches and empty promises to fix the issues behind them. Brian Kelley (Blog | @kbriankelley) was right, We Don’t Care About Data and IT Security. Part of the issue is testing. Do you ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on January 2, 2015
  • Attitudes I Wish I Had Earlier

    Mike Walsh (blog | @Mike_Walsh) tagged me in his post, 4 Attitudes I Wish I Had Earlier as a DBA. You should read Mike’s post, it’s filled with helpful and good advice and tells cool (and not-so-cool) stories. I admire Mike’s transparency. I struggle with the four areas Mike already covered – Work/Life Balance, Empathy, Hero Syndrome, and Getting ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 28, 2014
  • Great Advice (and Free!): DBA JumpStart

    John Sansom (Blog | @SqlBrit) is committed to sharing “what I believe it takes to be an outstanding Data Professional.” To that end, John shepherded a book project called DBA JumpStart. The concept of the (free!) e-book is: “If you could give a DBA just one piece of advice, what would it be?” The list of contributing authors reads like a Who’s ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on December 11, 2013
  • “Can You See Me Think?”

    Introduction This post is the fifty-seventh part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page. A Story… Once upon a time I was a manufacturing systems integrator. That’s a fancy description of a person who designs and builds machine control systems. I was asked to ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on October 26, 2013
  • Performance-Based Management and Andy’s Law

    Let’s begin with an assertion: “People are more important than process.” – Andy, circa 2008 Whenever an enterprise or institution adopts a new process or policy, that policy should serve people and not shackle them. The nicest thing that can be said about a policy that binds people is, “It wasn’t well thought out.” It’s a bad ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on May 10, 2013
  • Push The Pebble

    Introduction This post is the fifty-fifth part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page. This post is about starting something. Today is the First Day… … of something. Somewhere, someone is starting something that will become big. It will impact lives. It will change ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on April 2, 2012
  • Trick Question

    Introduction This post is the fifty-fourth part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page. This post is about you. Me? Yep, you. Two questions: What is your job title? (<—Not a trick question) What business are you in? (<—Trick question) :{>
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on March 27, 2012
  • Techganic

    Introduction This post is the thirty-sixth part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page. This post is about how organizations and people plant ideas. “Techganic” I made up another word. I believe this word describes the different ways in which companies grow and ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on April 14, 2011
  • Application Lifecycle Management Tiers

    Introduction This post is the twenty-fourth part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series are: Goodwill, Negative and Positive Visions, Quests, Missions Right, Wrong, and Style Follow Me Balance, Part 1 Balance, Part 2 Definition of a Great Team The 15-Minute Meeting Metaproblems: Drama ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 11, 2010
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