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  • Three Lessons Learned in 2016

    Some folks do not like to read posts of a more personal nature or posts that contain religious references. If you are one of those people, you have been forewarned. I’ve read lots of posts from people who are ready for 2016 to be over. I understand their reasons. Celebrities, friends, and family have passed away this year. The world economy ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on December 31, 2016
  • Agile or Waterfall?

    Waterfall project management is a serial approach to the phases of a project. Proponents of waterfall methodologies hold it’s best to plan: gather requirements, design the solution, develop it, test it, deploy and maintain it in discrete steps. Critics maintain it is impossible to know all of the requirements prior to design or development. ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on October 20, 2016
  • Value

    One of our mottos at Enterprise Data & Analytics is, “Deliver Value.” I can hear you thinking, “That’s nice, Andy. What does that mean?” I’m glad you asked. !Value Let’s start with what value is not, shall we? Value is not the least expensive. As a consultant, I often “bid” for consulting work, sometimes referred to as “gigs.” How does ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on September 20, 2016
  • My New Gig: Enterprise Data & Analytics!

    I’m excited to announce my next venture: Enterprise Data & Analytics! My role is still Data Philosopher. My job is to help clients realize the potential of their enterprise data. “How will you do that, Andy?” I’m glad you asked. EnterpriseDNA delivers consulting, analysis, and development to support: Business Intelligence and ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on December 18, 2015
  • Leaving Linchpin People

    I’m sad and excited to announce I am no longer with Linchpin People. I’m sad because I will miss working with and leading the awesome team at Linchpin People. I’m excited to return to independent consulting as Andy Leonard Consulting! Update: My new venture is Enterprise Data & Analytics!  :{>
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on November 29, 2015
  • Opinions Change

    Opinions change, and they should change as more and better evidence surfaces. There are words for this: “learning” and “growing” are but two of them. Communication plays a key role in changing opinions. I’ve been studying communication recently and I’ve decided it’s a miracle anyone is ever able to communicate with anyone else. There are ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 26, 2015
  • What Customers Want

    Not once, in my combined years of direct employment by enterprises or consulting, has a customer contacted me about an issue about the grain of their date dimension in their enterprise data warehouse. Not one single time. I haven’t been contacted about cardinality either. Or trouble with execution threading models. Nope. Not ever. Instead, I’ve ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 10, 2015
  • Great Scott! Linchpin People is Going… Back to SQL Saturday Atlanta!

    SQL Saturday #392 is happening THIS SATURDAY! I’m looking forward to returning to Atlanta, where almost everyone speaks without an accent. The schedule looks awesome! I’m excited that several Linchpins were selected to present because this means we’ll get to hang out in person. I’m also excited to see so many friends from #SQLFamily, too, ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on May 14, 2015
  • On Kindness

    Do you remember that time kindness backfired? Do you remember kindness letting you down? Me neither. Kindness never fails. I can hear you thinking, “Yeah, Andy? Well there was this time I was kind and…” The thing you’re going to finish that sentence with, the thing that didn’t happen? That wasn’t going to happen anyway. But here’s what did ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on April 15, 2015
  • Consulting 101: Viewing the Field

    It’s important for a consultant to be able jump into a situation and quickly evaluate and assess the dynamics involved, in order to serve the client efficiently and effectively and economically. While a lot of people dislike military metaphors, there are a lot of good lessons to learn from military thinking. This is one area where military lessons ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on January 30, 2015
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