Missing Costs

Kenneth Fisher has a post about missing important costs:

Growing up my mother used this phrase quite a bit. Penny wise, pound stupid. (In case you didn’t know the pound is the British equivalent of the dollar.) Basically, it means paying attention to the small stuff at the expense of the big stuff. My favorite example of this was a few jobs ago. Without any need to go into details, our coffee area was stocked with both 8oz and 16oz styrofoam cups. One day, one of the accountants decided that there was no point to the extra cups and got rid of the more expensive 16oz cups. Not really a big deal, but our morale was already disastrously low, so it had more impact that it might have otherwise. The most interesting part, though, was a memo that a co-worker sent out. Unfortunately, I don’t have it anymore so I’m going to have to do my best to re-create it.

The lesson is to think through the ramifications of decisions, as there tend to be unintended consequences due to an incomplete understanding of costs.

Data Professional Survey Results

Brent Ozar has a roundup of blog posts concerning the data professional survey for 2017:

We asked to see your papers, and 2,898 people from 66 countries answered.

Download the raw data in Excel, and you can slice and dice by country, years of experience, whether you manage staff or not, education, and more.

Community bloggers have already started to analyze the results:

There were several entrants and some good posts, so check it out.

Figuring Out Work-Life Balance

Sander Stad talks work-life balance:

The thing that comes up when I read this is that in most situations it will not work because you’re removing all the flexibility. The other thing is that most companies evaluate employees based on their availability and their flexibility.

There also a side note that employers are allowed to make different arrangements with employees.
Employers will probably adjust contracts from this point on that, if you’re in some sort of position where the availability is important, you’re obliged to answer which will render the law useless in a lot of situations.

There’s no one answer here, but it’s an important topic to think about.

Canary Tests

Kendra Little gives her thoughts on how to identify a good DBA team:

What I learned was not to judge a team by their SQL Server. Some configurations may look problematic, but make a lot more sense when I talk to the team and dig into problems they’re facing.

For instance, there’ve been many times when a team was facing a performance issue, and at first glance their SQL Server looked stupidly underprovisioned in terms of memory. Upon digging into the problem I found that adding more memory wouldn’t solve their particular problem. One size doesn’t usually fit all.

Read on for hints and thoughts.

Job Hunting

Andy Mallon hunts the most dangerous of creatures:  man job.

Finding a new job is hard. At every turn, it’s a lot of work: finding a job, interviewing, negotiating. I don’t know anyone who likes doing it. I do know lots of people who struggle with various parts of the process.

I want to share my experience, my thoughts, and my opinions. Hopefully, you can learn from my experience (good and bad). By sharing my experience, hopefully I can make life a little bit easier on you the next time you’re job hunting.

Definitely looking forward to this series.


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