My arm is busted, so rather than giving you a new post, I’m linking to a few of my past favorites:
Pick a Needle and Move It – Quit focusing on fragmentation and start paying attention to what the business users want.
How to Pass the MVP Exam – No, there’s not really a test – or is there?
My 6 Rules for Incredible Time Management – Starting with making the decision that you want to be incredible.
Treat Criticism Like Incoming Email – Use my numeric scoring system to decide whether you should ignore it like spam or take it seriously.
How to Attend a Conference – Simple, practical advice.
Followup on the @DBAreactions Experiment – I’m amazed at how popular this phenomenon became.
Why I Quit My Job(s) – When the risk exceeds the reward, it’s time to make a new bet. Related: Stop Ignoring These Signs That Your Job Sucks.
Why I’m Returning My Surface RT – At the time, it was a controversial post, but reviewers agreed that the device was garbage before it triggered a $900mm loss and possibly pushed Ballmer into retirement.
What Kind of Consulting Company Will You Build? I really wanted to make an Excel spreadsheet out of this post so that the reader could tweak variables and see how they affected profit, but I couldn’t ship that part. Along the same lines: My Favorite Consulting Startup Resources and How to Negotiate Consulting Rates.
Why I Broke the #SQLPASS Rules and How It Worked – For my Summit session, I didn’t run my slides through the regular approval process because I wanted to surprise the attendees.
Training Products Are The New Blogs – I’m still such a passionate believer in this.
Why Not Everybody Loves My Sessions – I’m an acquired taste. Related: The Blogger Isn’t The Devil.