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  • Opinions Change

    Opinions change, and they should change as more and better evidence surfaces. There are words for this: “learning” and “growing” are but two of them. Communication plays a key role in changing opinions. I’ve been studying communication recently and I’ve decided it’s a miracle anyone is ever able to communicate with anyone else. There are ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 26, 2015
  • While You Have It…

    I remind my children who live at home - the "junior engineers" - to deal with the things they have in their hands while they have them in their hands. Why? Because it’s inefficient to put something down only to pick it up later and put it where it belongs. Like all rules, there are exceptions to this. I also tell them to spend an extra ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 26, 2015
  • What Customers Want

    Not once, in my combined years of direct employment by enterprises or consulting, has a customer contacted me about an issue about the grain of their date dimension in their enterprise data warehouse. Not one single time. I haven’t been contacted about cardinality either. Or trouble with execution threading models. Nope. Not ever. Instead, I’ve ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 10, 2015
  • On Kindness

    Do you remember that time kindness backfired? Do you remember kindness letting you down? Me neither. Kindness never fails. I can hear you thinking, “Yeah, Andy? Well there was this time I was kind and…” The thing you’re going to finish that sentence with, the thing that didn’t happen? That wasn’t going to happen anyway. But here’s what did ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on April 15, 2015
  • Software Economics and Testing

    “There are two types of developers: those who test their software and those who will.” – Andy, circa 2015 It’s April Fool’s Day in the US, but I’m going to act like it’s Halloween. Software testing is no joke, and not testing should scare you. In 1996 (yes kids, years used to begin with a “1”), in the sixth issue of Fast Company ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on April 1, 2015
  • What’s the Number One Attribute of Awesome Email?

    Brevity. :{> Learn more:
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on February 23, 2015
  • Managing Geeks Now Available for the Kindle!

    Managing Geeks – A Journey of Leading by Doing is now available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions! Many people have expressed interest in obtaining an electronic copy of Managing Geeks. I’m sorry it took this long, but it is finally available. On a related note, I now know a lot more about self-publishing. The book is based on a ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on January 22, 2015
  • 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 5, 2015
  • “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
  • On the Demise of the MCM Certification

    Recently, Microsoft decided to retire some expert-level certifications. Among them, the highest SQL Server certification: the Microsoft Certified Master (MCM). There are several good posts on the topic, most notably: Death of the MCM Program (Paul Randal) We can handle the truth (Joe Sack) Microsoft Certified Masters: What Problem ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on September 23, 2013
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