Brad is currently presenting on how to be an exceptoinal DBA. Â This is a live blog of the presentation. Â Brad starts off with a very good slide. Â I’ll present the slide, and my thoughts on the matter.
-Enjoy Technology: Â If you hate computers, what are you doing here? Â I, personally, as a technogeek (Ali speaking here) always ask potential hires ‘what’s the first thing they do when they get home?’ Â If they answer ‘turn on the computer’, I know I got this part covered, but if they don’t answer that, it doesn’t mean they don’t love technology, it means they might have a life and love technology
-Enjoy Challenges: Â You should look at a problem and instead of thinking ‘oh God no’, you should think ‘oh good, something new to solve and make better!’
-Enjoy Problem Solving: Â SQL Server requires us to think on the architect level and that requires problem solving every day, whether it’s fire fighting (bad!) or process improvement (good!).
Embraces Change: Â You must embrace change and not be afraid of it. Â Bad DBA’s are afraid of change because it makes their skill set obsolete, and they have to spend time to learn new things to stay competitive. Â If you look at that with a ‘oh God’ look on your face, then it’s time to re-evaluate why you’re in thatÂ situationÂ or what you can do to change it.
Trustworthy: We deal with data more than any other field in I.T. Â We must be trusth worthy no matter what.
Dependable: Â You can’t be wishy washy andÂ vulnerableÂ spot.
You need good people skills: Â We have to work with developers, sys admins, end users, report writers, and the business people. Â Remember to take The Smiling DBA’s approach, a smart DBA is always smiling because we know we can solve the issues. Â We must listen well and ask the right questions. Â You must be present in your meetings and not be afraid to speak, as well as ask questions.
Brad did make a very good point on setting realistic, short term goals. Â Remember that many short term goals translate to great long term successes, as long as you keep working on new short term goals. Â This is one take away I got from this session for sure, I never set the goals but just focused on learning and helping over all. Â Now with setting short term goals, we should see bette rreturns that are measurable. Â Ah yes, MARKM strikes again.
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