“…pick one thing you want to learn that is not SQL Server”
Let me tell you about my non SQL Server learning goals!
The SQL Server Error Log is one of the most useful thing to troubleshoot database server issues. System errors get logged here along with a host of other useful information.
Read on to see how to understand, analyze, and manage the SQL Server Error Log…
Since 2004 the Department of Homeland Security has organized October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The goal is to promote cyber security to help keep Americans safe online. Fast forward 14 years and the security landscape has only become more dangerous. More opportunities exist for online abuses than ever before. The proliferation of internet connected devices that comprise the IOT creates additional attack surfaces which often have security as an afterthought instead of baked into the design.
Today I want to focus on the low hanging fruit i.e. the easy wins we can achieve to significantly improve our online safety and security. Read on to see the simple things most people can do to improve their situation.
Last week I invited you to share a story of a project gone mad – a death march project that you participated in or were impacted by.
If you haven’t already read the invitation please read it first: T-SQL Tuesday #107 Invitation: Death March
Now let’s see a summary of this month’s submissions!
“Tell me your project horror stories – the worse the better”
Through some redaction, slight change of facts, and creative control with some details I will protect the innocent; and in this case, the guilty as well.
If you don’t have time to read my lengthy exposition then please skip down to the section titled “The Making of a Death March Project”.
Last month marked the 2 year point for my blog. At times like this I like to reflect on the past so I don’t forget it – even better to learn something from it.
Read on to hear about my last year in blogging!
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.