There is a famous book in our field written in the 2000’s by Ed Yourdon called “Death March“. In it he details the phenomenon in project management of death march software projects. He observed a trend in organizations who plan software projects to estimate so poorly that completion becomes overwhelming and unlikely.
More companies than ever before could be considered “software companies”. Project planning hasn’t gotten much better over time and we still have terribly managed projects. The best reason to explain this I found on Quora – Why are software development task estimations regularly off by a factor of 2-3? In particular, read the answer by Michael Wolfe midway through the page. It is both a humorous and scary analogy.
On this month of Halloween we are going to discuss our death march project horrors!
I like Halloween so I find myself getting mentally ready each year about a couple of months prior. My mind turns to horrors and I must warn wary travelers in DBA-land about an evil I see all too often – shrinking a database.
I know this has been done to death but I still see it. Gather around the fire as I tell you the ills of shrinking database files.
SQL Memes! I have put together a bunch of SQL Server, database related, general technology, and office memes. Some you may find funny and others perhaps not. That’s cool. You can post your own or comment here and I can evolve this over time.
Today I want to talk about some of the language settings in SQL Server and the impact they have. Read on to see about setting up a default language in SQL Server, setting language for a scoped session, and differences between SQL Server and Windows Server settings.