Re: DBA Skill tree

From: Rajeev Prabhakar <>
Date: Fri, 3 Apr 2009 13:14:25 -0400
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Perhaps, it is time that the vast array of individual thoughts / experiences that
the database community has expressed and/or is a repository of can be compiled into something tangible (say - body of knowledge) which can serve as a guiding post for the current or future database practitioners and help in ascertaining knowledge levels/organization fitness aspects. This must be vendor neutral and would give an opportunity to the existing pool of practioners (including the database
field luminaries) to contribute.

In short, let's work towards creating it..

On Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 12:41 PM, Charles Schultz <> wrote:
> Just to put a different spin on this; when I originally posted, I was not
> thinking about interviews and hiring questions at all. More, rather, on how
> does one know what one needs to stay competent (proficient, experienced, etc
> *grin*)? I used the model of a skill tree because I like pictures, and some
> sort of a dependency graph conveys to me better than words alone. I am much
> more concerned about ongoing training than getting your foot in the door.
> Sure, any type of "certification" or governing body that declares a level of
> exposure (I dare not call it "experience") could use some of the same
> methods, but again, my focus is after you have already been hired. How to
> keep the "old school" guys on track? How to take a Jr. DBA and turn him/her
> into standard DBA, or even a Sr. DBA? People do this on their own, but the
> career path has always seemed rather nebulous to me. Maybe that's just me.
> Interesting how this little molehill has grown.... =) I definitely
> appreciate the comments and perspectives.

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