I’ve been working as a Senior DBA (3rd Level Support) for many years.
I really enjoy my role, but sometimes you need to be careful with “ideas’ thieves”.
Let me explain in details…
“Why Senior DBAs vs. Snipers?”
Well, in my Playstation, I really enjoy to play as Sniper…yeah…very cool..lol
Firstly, let me list some points in common between both jobs: Senior DBAs vs. Military Snipers.
1) There are only few of them in your Company as in Army;
2) Both of them need to have specific and deep skills;
3) Both of them stay more time being prepared (training) than working in the field;
4) When they are called, everybody expect a fast and accurate solution;
5) The credibility is one of the most important point in their careers;
6) When both of them say: “I have a solution”, they are not guessing.
So, I could list more points, but only these are enough to ilustrate this post.
What about “ideas’ thieves”?
Well, this can be a problem, specially when you work for a big company and there are more then one team working on a critical situation.
In the last few weeks, I had some ideas stolen.
I was engaged to work on critical situation as usual.
After my preliminar analisys I detected a Windows Server configuration that needed to be changed.
For my surprise the Configuration change was not allowed by Windows team.
Their argument was: “We need to check another points and we’ll get in touch as needed”
My next step was just to say: “Ok, if is not critical anymore, I’m stepping back”.
Few days later the Windows configuration that I recommended was changed (without notice), and fixed the issue.
Why this kind of situation is important?
Pretty simple, when we got a perfect shot, this shot become “real experience” and not only “theory”.
In the next time if I face a similar case, I’ll have more confidence and evidences that my recommendation will work and the customer will be happy faster.
So, that’s it, leave your comments and let’s discuss.