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  • Do You Have One of "the Three W’s" to Sit on a Board of Directors?

    Let’s get one thing clear right off the bat – I’m not typing “Board of Directors” repeatedly throughout this blog post. It’s just too much typing. BoD will have to do. Live with it. Perhaps, you’ve been paying attention to the PASS Twitter feed, read the newsletters, or otherwise stay abreast of happenings within PASS. If you haven’t, here’s ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on August 13, 2012
  • Starting this week: Dublin, Maidenhead, and London

    This might be most most overcommitted four-week period of time ever in my life. I’m tired just thinking about it! Not only am I traveling internationally and speaking over the next few weeks, I’m also helping on two book projects, learning some new applications from Quest Software, and helping on a small Transact-SQL refactoring project. Swag ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on March 19, 2012
  • Why Do IT Pros Make Awful Managers?

    I'm being a little bit incendiary with that title. Many IT pros grow into very good managers. But it almost never comes naturally. It takes hard work and many hard won lessons before most of us ever achieve a degree of skill and comfort with managing other people. Thinking about moving into management? Help is here! I've been spending the ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on March 9, 2012
  • The Year that was - 2011

    Looking back on 2011, I'm surprised by two occurances. First, I got a lot of work done, despite myself. My biggest obstacles to high-performance are all self-derived; procrastination, disorganization, and plain ol' laziness. Second, I'm surprised I survived my personal travails. I've had my fill of frowns this year, from wayward children to ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on January 6, 2012
  • Here, There, and Everywhere; Speaking in Fall 2011, Part 1

    The last quarter of the year is usually my busiest due to the fantastic PASS Summit and SQLBits events. The fall looks a little different ... BECAUSE IT WILL BE EVEN BUSIER! Here's a rundown of where I'll be this fall through mid-October:   BASTA! SQLCON.NET September 26 to 29; Mainz, Germany This big developer and admin conference ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on September 2, 2011
  • New on "Database Trends & Applications"

    In last month's column, ''2012 Might Really Be the End of the World as We Know It,'' I described a number of major developments in the IT industry that are likely to disrupt the life of database professionals everywhere.  I categorize those four disruptors - virtualization, cloud computing, solid state drives (SSD), and advanced ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on August 16, 2011
  • Blogger, Have You Heard of Microsoft Broadcaster?

      Introducing the Microsoft Broadcaster: A self-service technical content repository that provides you with rich content for your blogs/sites. On behalf of Microsoft, I would like to take the opportunity to invite you to dive into Microsoft Broadcaster. It's a site that unleashes a torrent of technical content like Videos, Webcasts, ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on August 5, 2011
  • Free Webcast Series: Patterns and Practices in Database Administration

    SSWUG.ORG’s virtual webcasts will prepare the “Accidental DBA” for patterns and practices they will experience in their role as a database administrator. I will provide easy-to-understand insights and realistic examples for professionals who have not had any formal DBA training. By the end of our four-part series, you should have the ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on April 27, 2011
  • Leadership, Management, and SQLRally

    Transparency - A Great Leadership Quality I've always appreciated how Andy Warren (blog| twitter) operates in the most transparent manner, especially as it relates to his role as a director for the Professional Association for SQL Server. For example, Andy's latest blog post about prepping for the SQLRally, to kick off in less than 30 days, is ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on April 25, 2011
  • Funny Things You'll Hear at the "Leadership for IT Professionals" at the 2011 SQLRally

      Register now! WWW.SQLRALLY.COM The 2011 PASS SQLRally is just about one month away and it's high time I highlighted some of the important things you'll be hearing about in my precon seminar Leadership and Team Management Skills for the IT Professional. Just to set the context, many of us IT people got to our lofty ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on April 18, 2011
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