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  • How to Tell You’re a Community

    Introduction I read a slogan yesterday and laughed out loud. Literally. Had I been drinking coffee at the time, I would have needed to clean my laptop screen. When the laughter subsided I realized the organization that created the slogan believes it to be true. At that point my community mentor instincts kicked in. I now see this as an ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 25, 2011
  • Creating is Hard

    Introduction This post is the forty-seventh part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page. This post is about creation. Creating is Hard Work Building something from nothing is difficult, to say the least. But often it’s even more difficult to conceive an idea worth ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 12, 2011
  • Engines of Loss and Gain

    Introduction This post is the fortieth part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page. This post is about winning (no really). NASCAR I like watching NASCAR races. On the surface, a race looks like a bunch of folks driving fast on a circuitous course. But there’s ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on June 21, 2011
  • Techganic

    Introduction This post is the thirty-sixth part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page. This post is about how organizations and people plant ideas. “Techganic” I made up another word. I believe this word describes the different ways in which companies grow and ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on April 14, 2011
  • Elegant Events

    This post is cross-posted at the new SQLPeople Wordpress blog (in beta as I type this). Introduction I debated including this post on elegant events in my series about managing technical teams and the software business. I find a lot of what I've learned in the community maps into both that series and good management practices (the opposite of ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on March 28, 2011
  • Speaking at SQL Saturday DC 4 Dec 2010!

    I am honored to present two presentations at SQL Saturday #61 in Reston Virginia 4 Dec 2010! You can register here. I will be presenting Some Thoughts on Managing Teams and Introduction to Incremental Loads. If you read this blog and will be attending, please introduce yourself! :{>
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on November 23, 2010
  • Dear Google...

    Dear Google,    I am not a spammer. I'm a guy trying to inform 500 people in the Richmond .Net and SQL Server Developer Communities about upcoming meetings and events of interest to them. To protect their privacy and my sanity, I keep their email addresses in a Google Email Group and BCC that group each time I send them an ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on July 14, 2008
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