Re: how do you manage your project list

From: Job Miller <>
Date: Thu, 04 Dec 2014 09:57:45 +0000
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Give your boss a copy of this book for the holiday:   He will read it and begin to understand why your time must be protected and focused on the projects you are supposed to deliver.There is a character in the book that is continually pulled from all project tasks to resolve issues, help people, etc.   It's an entertaining quick read that you'll surely identify with.


Bill is an IT manager at Parts Unlimited. It's Tuesday morning and on his drive into the office, Bill gets a call from the CEO.

The company's new IT initiative, code named Phoenix Project, is critical to the future of Parts Unlimited, but the project is massively over budget and very late. The CEO wants Bill to report directly to him and fix the mess in ninety days or else Bill's entire department will be outsourced.

With the help of a prospective board member and his mysterious philosophy of The Three Ways, Bill starts to see that IT work has more in common with manufacturing plant work than he ever imagined. With the clock ticking, Bill must organize work flow, streamline interdepartmental communications, and effectively serve the other business functions at Parts Unlimited.

In a fast-paced and entertaining style, three luminaries of the DevOps movement deliver a story that anyone who works in IT will recognize. Readers will not only learn how to improve their own IT organizations, they'll never view IT the same way again. </summary>

     From: Jeff C <>  To: Patrice sur GMail <> Cc: "" <>; "" <>  Sent: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 11:37 PM  Subject: Re: how do you manage your project list    

Yeah I stayed late today to get stuff done. I wish i could convince my boss the allow work from at least one day a week. He is an extreme extrovert so he doesn't get it. 

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On Dec 3, 2014, at 6:02 PM, Patrice sur GMail <> wrote:

it's hard.  Monday this week I managed to go through a whole day without ever starting Outlook, to avoid e-mails so I could work on a migration project. I sometimes think I should just come to work very late in the day and stay through most of the evening instead of work at the same time as everyone else. I liked this article, I thought it was bang on

On Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 8:28 PM, Oscar Ofiana <> wrote:

Hi Jeff,
Have you checked out Randy Pausch's Time Management lecture? Some of the ideas presented in it can be a little too detailed and time-consuming, but the most helpful idea I picked up on was making the TODO quadrant, where you seperate and prioritize tasks into: 1 - Urgent and important 2 - Important but not urgent 3 - Urgent, not important 4 - Not urgent, not important. Just having this grid on a post-it or on a pin-up board by my monitor really helped to provide a general map of my tasks and what/when it needed to be done. Hth,Oscar

On Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 11:07 AM, Jeff C <> wrote:

Fellow DBA's,How do you manage your work load? I am not taking database work load but your project list.  I don't know about you but I have my projects that I need to get done but I also constantly get interrupted by other developers asking questions, needing help with a query performance, or they mention some data they need from another database and I have to decided what is the best way to approach it.  I rarely get my projects worked on.Do you have some system or tool you use to keep your head straight?  I used to be the multitasker master but after 10 years and the growth of our environment, that is not easy anymore. Looking for any tips anybody might have.  Thank you


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