11 Lessons Learned for being an Effective Database Admin

Gang. I’ve learned a ton working as a database admin.

Obviously, there’s the technical stuff I never thought I’d ever know. Like what it takes to build a Salesforce flow, the difference between coding languages (ish), and even how an API works.

Not that I could tell you what API actually stands for.

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When Nonprofit Tech Projects Stall, Part 2: How to Move Forward

Losing traction on a project? You might actually be able to turn things around.

Imagine this. You’re the lead on a major tech project that’s been underway for a while – like a CRM implementation. 

All of a sudden, things stop. Decisions aren’t being made. Your Director’s not committing to a contract. All that work, basically frozen in time. 

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When Nonprofit Tech Projects Stall, Part 1: Why It Happens

To anyone who’s ever had a project unexpectedly lose momentum – let’s chat.

Imagine this. You’re the lead on a major tech initiative, like evaluating a new CRM.

You pour your heart into the research. You spend hours watching demos. You come up with a spreadsheet comparison – or eloquently written Word Doc proposal – to share with your Director.

Then, crickets. And you’re left wondering where you went wrong.

This is a common narrative in the sector. Whether you work in programs or technology, projects can seem to go full steam ahead before coming to a sudden, screeching halt.

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How to Deliver Bad News to Staff Stakeholders

Yup! You can deliver bad news in a way that still leaves everyone feeling good-ish.

Aw, sugar. That’s my first thought anytime I’ve got bad news.

If you’ve ever had to deliver bad news to a colleague, you know it’s a delicate dance. No one wants to hear that they can’t have what they want. Especially in tech!

But sometimes, this is the nature of work. When you’re beholden to a group of stakeholders, be they staff or other constituents, you can’t make everyone happy all of the time!

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How can fundraisers & database managers best work together?

A prospect researcher and a database admin walk into a bar.

This week, I teamed up with prospect researcher Joan Ogwumike to share tips on what what makes for a great fundraiser/database manager working relationship. Check it out over on her blog, A Researcher’s Diary!

10 Project-Management Tips To Help You Work Better with Colleagues

That awkward moment when your colleague doesn’t deliver…doesn’t have to be awkward at all.

Project-managing and collaboration wasn’t exactly easy before the crisis. So these days, it’s probably feeling even trickier.

Personally, I can spend hours engrossed in a spreadsheet. Or tinkering with Salesforce endlessly.

But there’s an undeniable satisfaction that comes from being able to work with other people, to achieve a shared outcome for your org/mission. It’s a great feeling when it happens.

And when it doesn’t? It’s usually because of a hiccup somewhere in the coordination.

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