Contest: Tell us about your Agile or DevOps project that left the database behind

Redgate is building a library of real-world stories about database development disasters.

Your mission: Tell us a true story in 500 words or less about a time when you were involved in an Agile or DevOps project that went full steam ahead in speeding up delivery of application code, but didn’t modernize database development practices. Did trouble follow? Give us the scoop.

Prizes galore

The top winner gets an Echo Show, plus the endless satisfaction of being the best (or is it worst?) storyteller.

Four runner-ups will each receive a $150 USD Amazon gift card or a local equivalent.

To enter

  1. Share your story using the form below
  2. The story must be true – but never fear, we will anonymize all stories and the names of the winners
  3. Enter as often as you’d like (but each person may only win once)

Rules of engagement

  • The competition closes on March 20, 2019
  • Entries will be judged by Redgate Evangelists Grant Fritchey, Kendra Little and Steve Jones
  • Anonymized winning entries will be shared via a live SQL in the City Streamed webcast on April 3, 2019
  • Winners will be given an anonymous moniker to protect the innocent and the guilty

Need inspiration?

Here’s a sample entry:

"Our organization built a new application using an Object Relational Mapping (ORM) tool. The team worked without any DBAs or database developers for speed. We ended up with an incredibly slow application that nobody could report from at the end – and deployments dropped and recreated tables! We had to implement weird workarounds to make deployments safe. The project delivered late and required a lot of unexpected budget from consultants. If our teams had been able to work together on the database as part of the project, we would have saved the company a lot of time and money."

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