Posts by Kendra Little

How Developers and DBAs Collaborate in a DevOps World (video)

You’re a DBA, and your development team is all-in on doing DevOps, and they want to include the database. Should your DBA team limit the permissions or options for automation? Or should you instead re-think how your two teams work together? In this 40 minute episode, Kendra discusses DevOps team topologies, the changing role of DBA teams in DevOps, and the opportunities available in creating communities of practice around database development. Prefer to listen on the go? You can get this episode on iTunes, download the audio file, or find Dear SQL DBA in your favorite podcast app. Bookmarks of topics covered 00:30 – Our question, from a DBA 7:00 – Why bother with DevOps? 9:23 – Team topologies, aka rethinking how the teams work together. This discussion includes notes on where and when DBAs review changes and talk about architecture in a DevOps way of working. 21:20 – Changing…
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A letter to my 20 year-old self

This post is a part of #tsql2sday, a monthly community ritual where a topic is proposed by a community member and everyone is invited to join in. This month’s topic is from Mohammad Darab, who encouraged us to: “Write your 20 year old self a letter. If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, what would it be?” The advice I would give to my 20 year old self is the same advice I give to myself today, more than 20 years later: You are a person who throws yourself into your work — ALL the way into your work You tend to define yourself by your professional activities, and you expect your work to be consistently of very high quality. One of your greatest strengths is that you are a creative person, but when you narrow your focus too much, when you make your life too…
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DBAs: Stop Denying Sysadmin to Developers

I recent chatted with some folks who have a permissions problem in SQL Server. The permissions problem isn’t technical — it’s a process problem. The issue is that these folks are trying to configure a build for their SQL Server databases using Redgate tools, but they aren’t allowed sysadmin permissions on any SQL Server instance in their organization (even in development environments), because of a policy set by the Database Administrators in IT. Why do DBAs deny sysadmin permissions in development? You may find this type of policy puzzling — and for good reason. After all, if you don’t trust developers to keep their own development environment running, why would you ever trust any code they’ve written enough to deploy it to production? In that question is a bit of an answer: this policy occurs when there is a fundamental lack of trust between development and operations. The policy that…
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What’s Unique About SQL Saturdays: Nearly Everyone Interacts with Other People

My friend and colleague, Kathi Kellenberger, taking questions in her SQL Saturday session on Machine Learning for beginners Today I was looped in on an email thread about the pros and cons of attending a specific event. One person on the thread asked if any of us had attended the event in the past, and whether or not event attendees were engaged with presenters and vendor representatives. My immediate thought was: of course the attendees were engaged, because the event is a SQL Saturday.  I’ve never been to a SQL Saturday where the attendees weren’t engaged. But, I realized that it’s a fair question. This level of interaction isn’t a given for events, much less tech events I’ve been to other tech events — from free events to very expensive ones — where attendees didn’t interact much with anyone else. Mostly people worked away on their laptops/phones/tablets quietly (maybe taking…
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How to recognize the early stages of burnout, and my treatment plan

I recently realized that I’m in the early stages of burnout. This isn’t an unfamiliar place for me, but it is new for me to recognize the early signs of burnout in myself before it becomes a full-fledged disaster. This time, I’m thinking about how I got here, and making an explicit plan to change course. In the hopes of helping someone else out there, I thought some public journaling might be in order. How do you recognize if you’re in the early stages of burnout? I have recognized two symptoms which I identify as unusual for me. Together they indicate I’m heading towards burnout. Symptom 1: Lately, I get frustrated and angry by small things One warning sign of burnout is when small inconveniences start causing a disproportionately large emotional response. For example, on a recent weekend I was traveling for work. I was in the Detroit area, about…
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Paying down technical debt

One of the cool things that I do as an Evangelist at Redgate is to periodically visit company headquarters in Cambridge. The other Evangelists and I get to meet with every software developer, product manager, and UX designer at Redgate over a series of meetings. That’s really cool. We talk about things that they’ve released lately, what they’re looking at doing in the near future, and we get to give feedback based on what we hear from the community and from folks in the sales process. We also get to share what we personally think should happen in these products now. As you might imagine, I have a wish list for features in a variety of different Redgate products Our products are great, and one of the things about great products is that users are always inspired to want to use them in new ways, so I never lack for…
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