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Last Night at Chicago PUG

Chicago PUG November meetup, which took place on November 12, was a highlight of my career as a Chicago PUG co-organizer. We had both Magnus Hagander and Devrim Gündüz speaking at one event! The attendance was great, and I am very thankful for both Magnus and Devrim for agreeing to speak, as well as for Sri, who talked them into it :).

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I am a Winner!!!

Several weeks ago I was selected as one five finalists for the Illinois Technology Association “Technologist of the Year” award. The winner was determined 50% by popular vote and 50% by the selection committee. 

Tonight was an award night – and I was announced a winner!!! There will be official pictures and videos, but one, for now, I want to share this video of me accepting the award.

For me, this award first and foremost goes to Postgres, the most advanced Object-Relational database. All the new technologies which we implemented at Braviant Holdings are based on Postgres, with no third-party products.  

Also, I am immensely thankful for the support of Braviant Holdings leadership team. I won’t be able to accomplish all I’ve accomplished without that. 

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Postgres DEI Work Group

Last Friday, I participated in the first conference call of the DEI Work Group of PostgresConf. And if you are wondering what DEI means, it means Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion.

The whole conversation started at the PostgresConf  2019 in New York. There we had a diversity panel on the last day of the conference. I was mildly unhappy with both low attendance and somewhat too universal coverage of the issues of diversity. I think that the striking lack of diversity in the Postgres community is a bigger problem than in IT in general, and was expecting a more in-depth conversation.

And then a usual exchange happened. I am a person of action, and I can’t complain about anything without proposing a solution (even when nobody asks for one!). But this time I was actually asked whether I will be interested in doing something to improve the situation, and granted, I said Yes!

Now all the things I finally coming together. Details are available at the PostgresConf web site in the July Newsletter.

I am really looking forward to working on improving the situation, because – guess what?  – I have some ideas! And all my friends and colleagues, current and former, know that if I believe something should be done – it will be done 🙂

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My Team Anniversary

Exactly one year ago, my team became three times bigger. So today is not only the first anniversary for my co-workers Sudheer and Tejas but also the first anniversary of the Braviant database team.

Thank you guys for doing an outstanding job!

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Three years with Braviant Holdings

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 later I can repeat all of the above.

 

 

 

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DB developers and App developers

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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Radio broadcast about Chicago PUG

If you didn’t have a chance to listed to the live broadcast lat Friday – enojoy the recording:

https://www.mixcloud.com/widget/iframe/?light=1&feed=%2Flumpenradio%2Ftech-scene-chicago-host-melanie-adcock-01042019%2F

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Chicago PUG will be live on the radio!

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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What makes a manager awesome?

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.

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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.

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2Q PG Conf 2017 in Chicago

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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