Addressing Software Development Estimation

I recently blogged about punching developers in the brain when a software deliverable deadline is slipping. The title of the post is The Question Unasked. In this post, I would like to address software development estimation. In the past, I have stated “Either all software developers are pathological liars or software development is inherently inestimable.” …
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How to Promote SSIS Code in the Enterprise Lifecycle

I’ve written about Data Integration Lifecycle Management (DILM) tiers. To summarize, every enterprise needs at least four lifecycle management tiers: 1. Development – an environment in which developers have sysadmin privileges. 2. Test – another environment in which developers have sysadmin privileges. 4. Production – managed by production operations such as domain administrators, system administrators, …
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Azure DevOps, Software Development, and Git Part 1 – Applied

I started this series with the title “Azure DevOps, SSIS, and Git” in a post titled Azure DevOps, SSIS, and Git Part 0 – Getting Started. I am renaming it because “I do what I want!” Seriously, I renamed the series – changing “SSIS” to “Software Development” – because I’m going to write about more …
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The 2:00 AM Test

I’m working with a collection of clients these days providing data integration, cloud, and DevOps advice. I love architecture work! My clients love the results. Everyone wins. Kent Bradshaw and I are tag-teaming with a couple clients who are converting data integration from other platforms to SSIS. In a recent meeting Kent mentioned “the 2:00 …
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I am a Product Manager (No, I’m Not… But I Can Explain)

I was about to click the Publish button for this post about my new role as a product manager when my friend and brother, Scott, called. I mentioned it and Scott said, “You’re not just a product manager. You’re a problem-solver.” Scott is correct. Hence the parentheses in the title of this post. “Is This The …
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Dude, Where’s My Controls? (Visual Studio 2017 Behavior)

I’m coding along on the next release of SSIS Catalog Compare, happy as a clam, when I realize it’s time to add a new menu item. I open the form and… nothing. To say my heart sank would be an understatement. I had questions. “Dude, where’s my controls?” “What happened?!” “Will I be able to …
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