After discussing the Capabilities Maturity Model in our last episode, it was fate when Andy Levy reached out and suggested a topic which sounds like a case study about his experience with CMM. As the only data professional in his organization at the time of his hiring, Andy went from fixing problems to slowing increasing his role in the organization and participating in the planning meetings—being in the room where decisions are made and change happens. We think this episode will be an interesting perspective for those who might be on the fence about the model, and looking for ways to increase their own visibility in an organization.
The show notes for today's episode can be found at Episode 274: A CMM Case Study. Have fun on the SQL Trail!
Have you ever felt stuck in a rut, repeating the same tasks, while knowing there is room for improvement? The Capability Maturity Model may be a way for you to start contributing to those improvements. In this podcast episode, Kevin Kline from SolarWinds walks us through how we might go from simply dealing with issues as they come, to being a contributor in decisions about the future of our organization.
Listen in and learn about the levels of CMM, how they relate to those of us in data professions, and how you can apply the methodologies to become a leader who drives positive change, while doing what you love.
The show notes for today's episode can be found at Episode 273: The Capability Maturity Model for Data Professionals. Have fun on the SQL Trail!
After talking with Patrick Thomas in episode 64, I was introduced to Microsoft's newest learning curriculum, the Microsoft academy, and their first offering in data science. In this episode, I talk with one of the lead course writers Graeme Malcolm about the new program. Microsoft consulted data scientists along with several companies to identify the core skills they need to be successful. A curriculum was developed to teach these functional and technical skills, combining highly rated online courses with hands-on labs, concluding in a final capstone project. This episode talks about the new program and what is next for Microsoft learning.
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Have you ever thought that Microsoft certifications were a waste of time? Depending on where you are on the experience scale, certifications still play a large role in hiring and career development. In Episode 64 of the SQL Data Partners Podcast I talk to Patrick Thomas the program manager for the MCT and MCP programs and the role they play at Microsoft and in what way they continue to provide value, including what’s in store for data science learners and what he thinks of the Microsoft purchase of LinkedIn.
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With all the changes in technology, how do you stay up to date with your technical learning? This is a question we have been asking our guests the last several episodes and in this episode we, the hosts, attempt to answer this question and Carlos and Steve give some thoughts on how we stay up to date. We discuss four ways to keep up. If all else fails, you can follow this old adage. "It's know WHAT you know, it's not WHO you know--it's WHAT you know about WHO you know."
The show notes for today's episode can be found at http://sqldatapartners.com/learning.
What is the leadership of your company thinking about the future of data and the role you will play? To help give some insight into that question we have and executive pane on episode 54. Andrew Rose is the CEO of compare.com and Jim McCullen is the VP of IT for Century Distribution. We ask them about what they're looking for in IT staff, how they go about hiring, what they think of social media, and moving to the cloud. They give their thoughts on what makes a great member of the team and so I hope you will give today's episode a listen.
You can check out more about them and get the show notes for today's episodes at http://sqldatapartners.com/executive.
On Episode 35 of The SQL Data Partners Podcast, I talk with Philip Morgan of The Positioning Manual for Technical Firms. Philip’s book has influenced my work at SQL Data Partners, so I wanted to bring him on and share his insights with the rest of you on the SQL Trail. Philip and I talk about positioning as a tool to create more value through a narrowed focus. Philip discusses how to apply positioning to your SQL Career, even if you’re a W2 employee. Philip and I go over three ways to narrow your focus and how it affects the direction of your career. I also ask him about how to turn unwanted work assignments to your advantage using the leverage grained from positioning.
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Think of one big investment that will be made this year. How will it affect you? Perhaps there is a large server migration project or move to Azure on the books this year. Maybe you have been given the ok to try some new feature or have been promoted and have different responsibilities. You will make many decisions and purchase different things, but the biggest investment you should be involved in is the investment in yourself.
I am joined by Bruce Van Horn, host of the Life is a marathon podcast and the person that introduced me to the E to E ratio. The Entertainment to Education ratio is a gauge for how much of your time is spent entertaining yourself versus how much you education yourself. We discuss how this affects your future opportunities but also how it affects your happiness.
How do you keep yourself educated? I would love to hear about it. You can leave your comments and see the show notes for today's episode at.
We all start somewhere and if you can find a mentor who will help you on your way by pointing you in a direction you had not considered, you are a lucky person indeed. This episode I chat some fellow podcasters about their experience with mentors and the characteristics we think good mentors have.
Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. -Oscar Wilde
Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience. -Paulo Coelho
Experience is what you got by not having it when you need it. -Author Unknown
[A mentor and mentee] is the third most powerful relationship for influencing human behavior (after the family and couple relationships ) if it is working. -Richard E. Caruso, PhD
Part of the reason I have the podcast is to help bring to light some thoughts and ideas you may not have considered. I hope this continues with today's episode. I hope you check it out.
You can see the links to the other podcasts at http://sqldatapartners.com/2015/12/01/role-of-mentors/
Corporate culture is a BIG deal when it comes to job satisfaction, and it is interesting to see how different sectors can be. Today we talk with Doug Purnell, DBA at Elon College in North Carolina and Jamie Wick, DBA at William and Mary in Virginia about their experiences working in the university system.
Check it out compañeros, and have fun on the SQL trail. As always, the shownotes are available at http://sqldatapartners.com/2015/10/28/working-at-a-university/.
We mix things up a bit as I chat with Thomas Frank from collegeinfogeek.com about test anxiety and test preparation. Taking a test can be a big deal and it is always interesting to get other options on preparation. As data professionals, of course we want a way to be able to advance our careers and a certification can play a role in that, but we might have a bit of anxiety around it. The biggest take away for me from this session was Thomas's tool recommendation and how he was able to start better habits. I took his advice and have seen some results I may share in a latter episode. Have fun on the SQL trail compañeros!
As always, you can check out links for the show on the website http://sqldatapartners.com/2015/09/23/episode-10-test-anxiety-and-test-preparation.
Steve Jones, the editor from SQL Server central and I talk about the need to build your own brand and we share a few ideas on how to do that. We talk about Steve's brand and how he built that over time and some options available to allow you the most opportunities possible. This episode is a must have for those looking to kick it up a notch on the opportunity meter.
Be sure to check out the show notes at http://sqldatapartners.com/2015/08/25/episode-06-build-your-personal-brand.