Managerial skills put to the test

Posted November 16, 2005 by consultinglife
Categories: Clients, Personal Stuff

I am facing a not-so-unique situation lately on my project. I have a senior developer who is not performing up to par, and in fact, has been missing a lot of partial days. He seems to be having a ‘personal matter’ to take care of and it has been validated by others in the company. As a manager though, I cannot push him too hard. I also cannot ask him too many personal questions lest I hurt him.

But for me on the project, my deliverables have been highly delayed now and it is really making estimation hard by him not showing up every now and then.

It is quite a challenge.  


I am blessed

Posted November 9, 2005 by consultinglife
Categories: Personal Stuff

I work with a boss who really cares about my career and is actually mentoring me a lot, in various aspects. I don’t think I could have asked for me out of my work than what I am getting at the moment.

I consider myself blessed. Knock on wood.  

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 launch tomorrow

Posted November 6, 2005 by consultinglife
Categories: Technologies

I am going to the Moscone Center tomorrow for the big launch. Much anticipated. Hope it lives up. We have committed too much to the technologies.

Especially B.I.  

CIO’s from a business process background

Posted November 4, 2005 by consultinglife
Categories: Clients

I love those kinds. They know exactly how to organize their lives and they work toward a planned goal.

As opposed to that, you have CIO’s who are from a technology background and they tend to look very short-term and are usually unable to create much strategic value out of IT. They just want to ‘keep things going’ and ‘cut costs’ and stuff.

Process-oriented CIO’s on the other hand are looking to improve the business efficiencies through IT-implemented solutions. I am currently working with one such CIO and for the most part, I like the way he runs his business.

Not sure though, if his subordinates, especially the techie ones, like his style much.  

Is the IT department always so bad?

Posted November 2, 2005 by consultinglife
Categories: Clients

Over the years, I have realized that no matter which industry, which client, which location, a majority of the IT department is dull. I am not saying it condescendingly, I am just saying that there are such glaring ‘dead weights’ in the department who are able to survive without much trouble, that it just shocks me.

There are of course cases where there are a few brilliant folks and those are truly exceptions. Also, wherever you see such brilliance you see that at least part of the processes are running smoothly.

But generally, I have to say, IT is bad. I don’t know if I can fit in an IT department of some of my client companies. 

Who uses PostgreSQL anymore?

Posted November 2, 2005 by consultinglife
Categories: Clients, Technologies

And more importantly, for storing multi-million rows of data? For apparently critical applications?


My next project is going to be interesting

Posted November 1, 2005 by consultinglife
Categories: Clients

I hear they are using some open source database which they want to get away from. We are planning to prove the concept of using the new SQL Server database. Should be fun.

I fly tomorrow and for the next quarter or so, I will be on this project. Wish me luck!