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  • IT Horror Stories - Managers Run Amuck!

    It seems like managers, so often, either go way overboard or go into hybernation and do way to little. This month, I had the pleasure and horror to hear two stories of managers run amuck with power. The first is from a friend and IT professional I'll call Tony. Tony said this:I worked for a firm as an IT manager when it was going through a ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on March 5, 2012
  • My Last "Catch-Up" Post for 2010 Content

    I did a lot of writing in 2010. Unfortunately, I didn't do a good job of keeping all of that writing equally distributed throughout all of the channels where I'm active. So here are a few more posts from my blog, put on-line during the months of November and December 2010, that I didn't get posted here on SQLBlog.com: 1. It's Time to ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on December 31, 2010
  • Paying It Forward With Project Phoenix

    It seems like I've known Arnie Rowland (blog | twitter) since the dawn of time.  But it's really more like the last several years, or at least since Arnie achieved Microsoft MVP status, that I really got to know him.  Arnie has also been trying to get me to speak to the user group he leads in Portland, but coordinating it has ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on December 4, 2010
  • PASS Governance Discussion with Guest Contributors

    The topic that never seems to lie low for long - the selection and election process for PASS governing directors.  (I also wrote extensively on the qualities of a good director-level candidate in this blog post).  I decided to create a spoke on my blog specifically for discussions around PASS governance and related issues called ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on November 5, 2010
  • Political Calculus - PASS Nominations

    Pardon me, sir. Do I have a dog in this fight? Do I have a dog in this Fight? If I did, it'd be the Warner Brothers Barnyard Dog. After my term of service on the PASS board of directors ended in December of 2009, I fully intended to stay far, far out of the way.  It's an intention that I've largely been able to fulfill,excluding the ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on September 4, 2010
  • Now on SQLPASS, "Can Integrity Be Learned?"

    Ok, I admit it.  I've done about as good a job publicizing my monthly professional development column, Plays Well With Others, as NBC did when the transitioned Jay Leno back to the Tonight Show. So I'm going to try to better, henceforth and forever more!  Two entries ago, I talked about the The 8 Characteristics of Exceptional ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on June 30, 2010
  • Good News for Women in Technology - Barbie Has Joined the IT Scene

    Notice the bluetooth ear piece fashion faux pas? Yes, she's truly a geek. I'm happy to report that Barbie is now a cognizeti, a digerati, ... yes even an IT Professional! This year's new Barbie is Computer Engineer Barbie. Several months back, I encouraged all my friends and followers on Twitter to vote for the IT job for Barbie in Mattel's ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on March 10, 2010
  • New on SQLPASS.ORG - Dealing with Micromanagers

    In my regular professional development column for the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS), Plays Well With Others, check out my latest post on dealing with micromanagers.Those TPS reports are due at 3:30 pm sharp, Mister!If you've ever dealt with a manager who questioned your every move, hijacked meetings, nit-picked over ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on February 24, 2010
  • Want Spy Novel Twists in a True IT Journalism Story? Read this...

    David Straithairn as the great Edward R. Murrow in the 2005 film ''Good Night and Good Luck''Journalists are important.  In my opinion, they're very important. The best journalists, like Old Testament prophets, speak truth to power and reveal the ugly dirt behind the pretty and public veneer of society.  Their very presence foils ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on February 23, 2010
  • Health Data Rights

    There was a time when health information was merely a collection of facts about you. You visited a doctor on the 17th because of a sore throat.  You had your appendix removed when you were a grade-schooler. Now, in the 21st century, information is increasingly used to drive business value.  In a sense, information is becoming an ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on September 25, 2009
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