I’m all for automating routine tasks when it makes sense, when the time it takes to develop the automation is less than the amount of time it takes to perform the task. I found this chart a while ago and it has been sitting on my desk for a while. I finally decided to add it to my list of “good ideas on the Internet”.
Yea, the title is a bit biased, but that is why it is a personal blog, so I can talk about my personal bias. I am currently taking an EdX MOOC (Massively Open Online Course) on Leadership and one of the links they provided piqued my interest. It’s a TED talk about something I like to think I have known for a while, but it’s still a good lesson. To achieve you have to know when to be a good leader AND when to be a good follower. Link to Talk
I first learned about Databases and SQL years ago when relational database and flat files where the only options for data storage. Since then I had heard about NoSQL and document databases but I did not understand them or why anyone would want to use one. After attending a webinar today put on by Pentaho (a system I use at my job for ETL) one of the graphics really clicked for me and everything fell into place. The graphic shows the progression from relational databases to NoSQL database. Sometimes a simple trigger out of left field will clarify a concept. There was also an image showing which database software support which types of database. which is a good reference.
When I was in high school I can’t say I enjoyed or had a knack for public speaking, but I got a lot of practice by being in a public speaking organization (Junior Statesmen of America), so I’m pretty comfortable standing in front of a group. This practice has helped me when I need to provide training on a specific product or topic. Over the years I’ve learned that most of the time, when a participant comes to a training, they have a few questions they would like answered. Instead of forcing them to wait for me to cover the topic in my normal training, I try to get those questions answered immediately so their mind can focus on what I’m explaining vs. always having their questions in the back of their minds.
This self-developed concept came to my mind while reading the Safety First article. I like to think that it is another way to make my audience feel safe that their questions will be answered and that I am knowledgable in the topic.