LinkedIn has announced it a little bit earlier, but my actual 3-year anniversary was yesterday, April 18. Three years ago I wrote in my journal:
Real people. The calm state of mind I haven’t had for so long, I can’t even remember. Meaningful conversations. I can talk about important things, and people listen My opinion matters. I am happy.
Three years ago I can repeat all of the above.
Last week when I was at the PG Conf in New York, I met with my former co-worker, with whom we worked together while being on the New York Department of education project. She was a Java developer, and I was an Oracle developer. I was implementing a solution, which was very close to the idea I am implementing now – building Oracle packages for each application endpoint, so that an application could only call functions, not separate SQL statements. Our collaboration was not always easy and peaceful those days, and when I was describing to her the specifics of the work we were presenting, I told her: see, if I would return to you the same type of objects back then, you won’t have any trouble with me!
She replied: Oh yes, if that would be the case, I wouldn’t have any trouble with you! And the way she’d said that reminded me that she indeed had some troubles with me back then… And I thought to myself, that perhaps it’s not only the team I work with now is better than any other team I’ve worked with before (though it is still the case :)), but also that I myself had changed. And now I am way more flexible and willing to walk this extra mile, than fifteen years ago… and our success is a product of collaboration, of everybody being able and willing to work together to find the right solution.
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This Friday Jan 4 I will be on the Tech Scene Chicago Radio Broadcast talking about Chicago Postgres User Group. It will be aired live at 105.5 FM at 1PM, and will be replayed next twp Saturdays at 9AM and next Friday Jan 11 at 1PM. It will also streamed on lumpenradio.com. I have no idea yet what the questions are going to be, but my goal is to promote PostgreSQL (Chicago-wide and world-wide:))
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Recently I was asked to submit my “Motivational inventory”. Among other questions there was one which made me think for a while: if I think about the best manager I ever had, what would make him(her) awesome? Here is what I’ve replied.
I was lucky to have several awesome managers, and I can’t really rank them. But there was definitely one thing in common for all of them- they were supportive.
They would trust my technical skills and would let me to do things “my way”, even when it was not “like people normally do”.
They would have patience to wait till I reach the desired results, even when I myself didn’t have patience .
They would help to resolve the conflicts between team members, and would make sure there is no bitterness left. It would often require multiple phone conversations, and sometimes felt like marriage counseling :).
They would recognize my achievements and make them visible to the upper management and clients. And they would support and motivate me at the moments when I would feel I am a looser and nothing works.
I think that being supportive is the most important role of any manager. Trust, openness, recognition of employees achievements – all of these things can be viewed like forms of support.
This conference took place here in Chicago on November 9, and I just loved everything about it! I will try not to repeat myself, since I’ve already mentioned about a million times what a great idea is it to have a one-day conference which is geared towards the local Postgres users. I am not sure to which extent I really helped this conference to be a success (although the organizers firmly believe I did!), but in any case it turned out ot be exactly what I was hoping it to be.
Great venue, great talks (and I do not mean mine :))
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To my friends and colleagues in Chicago: I’ve written about both of those events multiple times, but now they are really coming.
First, Chicago PUG meetup will take place on November 8, with Bruce Momjian’s appearance! Your chance to listen to the “Postgres Window Magic” presentation! Please don’t forget to RSVP, if you are planing to come.
And second, or rather first, since that’s the reason Bruce Momjian is in town – the 2QPGConf. I can’t stress enough what a great opportunity it is for anybody who does anything with PostgreSQL it is! The best speakers of the Postgres community are on the list of presenters.
I am presenting as well:) – the shorted version on the bitemporal paper. Also, I will be one of the panelist on the panel “Postgres Around the Windy City”. This should be something interesting, because – well, you know that I like to talk 🙂
Hope to see you there!