- Find out what success means to your team.
- Determine how each team member can be a valuable part in making that happen.
For me, this was the most important part of the article:
The secret to being a Big Swinging Developer is to be a force multiplier; make other people more valuable and you become incredibly valuable. Don’t believe me? Which do you think is worth more: improving your own effectiveness by 50%, or improving 10 people’s effectiveness by 10%?
This is the best way I’ve seen yet to explain something completely different – the Microsoft Certified Master program. I hear people on Twitter complain that Microsoft’s out of touch, that the MCM certification doesn’t matter to DBAs, that it’s too expensive and takes too much dedicated time. (If you haven’t heard of the MCM before, it takes around $20k and four weeks of training at the Microsoft campus.)
The MCM cert makes sense for people who are force multipliers: people who work in groups of highly trained, highly skilled IT professionals who all make a living off the same Microsoft product.
Take me, for example – I work with dozens of developers, support engineers, product managers, documentation writers, and so on who all make their living exclusively off Microsoft SQL Server. They run into unbelievably challenging situations all the time, and they need resources who can give them detailed, accurate answers the first time. If I get an MCM, I’m not going to be 50% more effective – but I bet I can make 20 people 5% more effective. Plus, those 20 people are really hard to find, really hard to keep and really hard to train (because training at this level is freakin’ expensive), so making those 20 people 5% more effective is worth a lot of money.
No, the MCM cert doesn’t make sense for most SQL Server professionals. But when it does make sense, it makes a LOT of sense!