Unfortunately, saying thank you seems to be an after thought more and more. So at least once a month, I will take a few minutes to publicly appreciate someone that has had an impact on me.
I met Brian during Agile 2014 when we both were track chairs. I got to know Brian last year when we were both program chairs. Brian has become a big part of my life after this past year.
In a world full of people that leave me questioning humanity, Brian is the refreshing dose of hope. I could go on endlessly about his skills as a leader, as a developer, etc but I really want to highlight his heart. He chooses to invest in people. He chooses to build relationships. He chooses to help others. He chooses to seek input and collaboration. He chooses to partner.
These are choices he doesn’t just make in one aspect of his life but every aspect. Just talk with him for a little bit and you will quickly learn how much he cherishes his family. Along the way, he has become family to me. He is someone that I depend on. He’s a trusted advisor. He’s a listening ear. He is happy to be trolled for a stupid laugh. He cracks me up with his humor and wit.
I’ve been very lucky to have frequent interactions with him over the past year as we worked towards Agile 2016. As the conference begins, I’m grateful to experience the event with Brian but also saddened as I know our interactions will not be as plentiful in the new year. Yet, I know he would be there if I needed something….which I can’t appreciate enough.
So thank you for accepting and embracing me into your wonderful world. You’ve helped me learn while we laughed along the way.
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