16 June,2011 by Jack Vamvas
Soft skills training \ continuing professional development or whatever else you’d like to call it – they are important for the DBA.
An interesting challenge by Buck Woody on his post – Head in the Clouds – Eyes on the Books.
The challenge is to read 12 books in the upcoming year ,relating to Soft skills training \ continuing professional development . One book per month – and post a review. The books must be relevant to my goals as a DBA.
I must admit most of my reading as a DBA is blogs, and technically-oriented book about database servers , particularly SQL server and DB2 server. Taking a wider perspective
Reading the post inspired me to create my own list .
Writing concisely and clearly is important – in all areas of communication , particularly explaing technical information
Be aware there always hidden unknowns.All about random events
Most DBAs are overwhelmed with work. The role is demanding and touches many areas of a large organisation. I have a time-management system in place – but I’m interested in reviewing my system.
Giving Advice\Receiving Advice and how to apply on a daily basis. No one tells how you to do it , but this book looks like it has some quick-fire advice
Keep it simple and clarify your thoughts.
Probably the single most important skill to possess for a DBA in communicating with managers.
In an IT organisation , eventually you take on a leadership role.
I’ve always wanted to understand this theory .
If you’re a DBA , then Stoicism is a practical philosophy. I’ve just started reading this book .
It’s great to know all the theory – but maintaining availability and performance on Production systems is partly about being pragmatic
The theoy behind social networking. I’m always looking for books that attempt to describle funadamentals of popular movements .
Express yourself clearly and effectively.
I’m posting my first review in one months time. Soft skills training \ continuing professional development is not an area I’ve intentionally developed- most of my Soft skills training \ continuing professional development occurs through work .This could be the push I need!