“Make It Right”

Over the years I have grown accustomed to watching a show called Holmes Inspection. I enjoy working projects at the house ~ am I good at it, eh some things yes some things no, but nevertheless I do enjoy it.

The premise of the show is Mike Holmes goes into these homes in Canada where contractors have come in and basically not done the job they should have done; or families have bought homes and the inspector hadn’t caught obvious issues with the home to report back to the family. His biggest quote and what he is known for is “Make It Right” and also a big believer in “Do it right the first time and you won’t have to come back to it”. He has built his show and business around three things:

  1. Quality
  2. Integrity
  3. Trust

I’ve started to sit and dwell on these things and how that applies to my DBA work that I enjoy doing.

Quality – without a doubt the quality of a DBA is very important. In some instances it can make or break a company. From security down to the backup of the tiniest of databases. If a DBA is not on top of his/her game daily potential catastrophic events can occur. This in no way means that the DBA will be perfect; we hold ourselves to very high standards but at the end of the day we are human and mistakes will be made. When those mistakes do occur how do we handle those?

Integrity – one definition found in the dictionary says that this about integrity, “possession of firm principles: the quality of possessing and steadfastly adhering to high moral principles or professional standards” I can’t think of a better synopsis of a DBA.

Trust – as a DBA do people trust you? To me this is an obvious question….if you are a DBA you have all the ins and outs to the database where all the data is stored. A whole topic can be delved into on trust.

I’ve done things in the past and have viewed other DBA’s work that was done before me at jobs. Some things I sit back in amazement and think, “Why in the world is it done this way?”, and “What was I thinking?”

I find it very prudent to “Do It Right” the first time even if it means taking a bit longer to accomplish the task and ensuring all aspects (if applicable) have been thought out, and along those same lines if I come upon something that I know isn’t right then, “Make It Right” ~ quality, integrity, and trust


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