You probably heard about 7 Days To OLAP by Simon Doubt. It’s Simon’s experiment on learning OLAP during his stay on the PASS Summit. This is a very interesting concept and you should try it. The experiment has four key elements:
- Focus on one goal
- Isolation from regular work/life responsibilities
- Immersion (in SQL Server)
- Access to Resources (Experts, Community Members, Vendors, Books, etc.)
Go to Simon’s blog and read his 7-day chronicle on this experiment. I love hearing about other people’s self-study method. I’ll surely adopt this “sprint method” and incorporate it in my self-study effort.
If you remember I wrote SQL Server Training on a Budget which was published on MSSQLTips. In that article I suggested some tips that you can implement to effectively gain SQL Server skills without breaking the bank:
- Set Your Goals
- Create Your Study Plans
- Invest in Tools
- Set Your Training Hours
- Get Help
If you adopt these methods and incorporate them in your self-study style, you got yourself an effective approach to learning SQL Server or any technology- agile and lean.