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Re: Governing Committee of AHA Forumites - Who's Running
« Reply #30 on: February 13, 2014, 05:11:04 PM »
Dkflick, good thing you dodged the bullet of being interviewed by JZ. Your user name would have derailed the whole show from the beginning
It's actually even worse as it actually is sans the 'L'. Lol. German exchange students always enjoyed my last name...
When I was in Germany, another engineer with the last name of Fickes traveled over for a series of meetings. Much hilarity ensued.
Haha yeah I can imagine. The joys of having names with alternative meanings... lol
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« Reply #31 on: February 13, 2014, 06:56:15 PM »
I guess it's my immature humor meets my dyslexia lol

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Re: Governing Committee of AHA Forumites - Who's Running
« Reply #32 on: February 14, 2014, 07:51:49 AM »
To tell ya the truth, it makes no difference to me what a GC candidate does in "real life".  It's not like an IT person on the GC is gonna do any IT work for the AHA, although an understanding might be helpful.  For GC candidates, I look for commitment to the hobby and the people who practice it, not to mention an indication of a personality that fits in well when working with a group.
You know I mostly agree. And I wouldn't want a bunch of techy IT people on the GC because IT system design should generally be guided by non-IT people (because they will be used by non-IT people). But that's just a minor consideration anyway.
 
As far as commitment to the hobby and those who practice it, certainly, but man the field is full of qualified people this year.
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Re: Governing Committee of AHA Forumites - Who's Running
« Reply #33 on: February 14, 2014, 08:19:25 AM »
I gotta say I disagree with that.  The worst managers I've ever had have been non-technical.  You really need to have some idea how things work to properly guide a project along the right path.  Not that any of that applies to the GC.... Just my 2 cents on non-technical people managing software projects.
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Re: Governing Committee of AHA Forumites - Who's Running
« Reply #34 on: February 14, 2014, 08:33:02 AM »
I gotta say I disagree with that.  The worst managers I've ever had have been non-technical.  You really need to have some idea how things work to properly guide a project along the right path.  Not that any of that applies to the GC.... Just my 2 cents on non-technical people managing software projects.

A non technical manager is fine as long as they understand that while they can guide the design of the interface and the feel of the project they have to leave the guts up to the tech lead.

The non-technical manager says "This is what it should look like and what it should do" and trust that her choice of tech lead was correct and they will be able to create a plan to make that happen in an efficient way.

It's been an odd experience this year for me because I moved from that tech lead position to a more high level lead and I have had to learn how to let go of the "how" and trust my programmers.
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Re: Governing Committee of AHA Forumites - Who's Running
« Reply #35 on: February 14, 2014, 08:49:54 AM »
I gotta say I disagree with that.  The worst managers I've ever had have been non-technical.  You really need to have some idea how things work to properly guide a project along the right path.  Not that any of that applies to the GC.... Just my 2 cents on non-technical people managing software projects.
I agree IT project managers should be technical. I'm just saying successful project managers should rely heavily on non-technical input when making design decisions. Technical capability needs to meet end user needs - not the other way around. If it doesn't meet end user needs, the final product is in danger of failing.
 
Anyway, way to get us off topic Jimmy.
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Re: Governing Committee of AHA Forumites - Who's Running
« Reply #36 on: February 14, 2014, 09:50:00 AM »
I'm not on the list, but my infinitely more qualified wife is! (Roxanne Westendorf)

I know Denny doesn't care what a candidates real job is, but I'll make my pitch that Roxanne's deep background in consumer research has totally changed the way the AHA, and to a lesser extent the BA, conducts it's member polls. That's producing real changes in member service. That's all the promotion I'll do, I promise!

Ya know, Rob, at least in Roxanne's case her real life job does make a difference.  Her expertise has really helped the GC find a focus on a lot of issues.
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Re: Governing Committee of AHA Forumites - Who's Running
« Reply #37 on: February 14, 2014, 09:56:34 AM »
I can vouch for Craig Hendry. He was a founder of Mississippi's Raise Your Pints and is now president. In Craig's first year as president he decided it was time to lift our home brew ban and he got it done. He has done a lot more than that for our hobby (check out his bio.)
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Re: Governing Committee of AHA Forumites - Who's Running
« Reply #38 on: February 14, 2014, 10:23:33 AM »

Ya know, Rob, at least in Roxanne's case her real life job does make a difference.  Her expertise has really helped the GC find a focus on a lot of issues.

Her old job, that is. She took early retirement. :)  For this group, it means she is spending more time on AHA and BJCP stuff.
Please read her profile, and reelect my wife to the Governing Committee: Roxanne Westendorf

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Re: Governing Committee of AHA Forumites - Who's Running
« Reply #39 on: February 14, 2014, 10:35:00 AM »

Ya know, Rob, at least in Roxanne's case her real life job does make a difference.  Her expertise has really helped the GC find a focus on a lot of issues.

Early retirement rocks!
Her old job, that is. She took early retirement. :)  For this group, it means she is spending more time on AHA and BJCP stuff.
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Re: Governing Committee of AHA Forumites - Who's Running
« Reply #40 on: February 14, 2014, 10:40:15 AM »
Wow...how time flies. Election time is here once again.

What a great group of candidates that we have this year. I know over half of the candidates personally which presents an advantage over those that I don't know. However, I recommend taking the time to browse through all of the candidate statements and making your vote based on their experience, desire, passion for the hobby and noteworthy achievements just to name a few. It's a challenge to get through all of the bios, but please take the time to do so before you vote. This will give every candidate a fair shot at winning.

I wish all of the candidates the best of luck this election, and may the best men and women win!  :)
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Re: Governing Committee of AHA Forumites - Who's Running
« Reply #41 on: February 14, 2014, 11:03:58 PM »
I'll say it time and time again... why not Drew? (Vote for your vice chairman today and your beer will improve!) :)
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Re: Governing Committee of AHA Forumites - Who's Running
« Reply #42 on: February 15, 2014, 01:55:08 AM »
I've worked for everyone most of my life. It's not that easy. Leading has not as much to do with how you lead as it does how awesome the followers are. In this situation I'd expect listeners who know how to decide would be better than experts who know their right. In any event, whoever wins,,, thank you in advance for keeping this alive.

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« Reply #43 on: February 16, 2014, 07:24:27 AM »
I've worked for everyone most of my life. It's not that easy. Leading has not as much to do with how you lead as it does how awesome the followers are. In this situation I'd expect listeners who know how to decide would be better than experts who know their right. In any event, whoever wins,,, thank you in advance for keeping this alive.

This is more or less exactly how I have come to see the role of a leader; to know the strengths of his team members and let them use those strengths in the way that it's best for reaching the goal at hand
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Re: Governing Committee of AHA Forumites - Who's Running
« Reply #44 on: February 16, 2014, 07:22:41 PM »
Okay, I'm not much of a forumite, but I'm on the ballot and figured I should say hi. I posted a "Brewer Bio" in that forum a few weeks ago and you can take a more in-depth look at my campaign efforts and platform stances at PresbyforAHA.com. Best of luck to all candidates!

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