Staff Spotlight: 20 Questions in 2 Minutes with Haley Miller
20 Questions in 2 Minutes is our series in which we interview Management Council staff members. This week’s guest is Haley Miller, Software Developer, with the State Software Development Team (SSDT).
- What was your first paying job?
A cashier at a feed store. My first “grown-up job” was web designer for a company in Perrysburg that made barcode software.
- What’s the best place you’ve traveled to?
- What’s your most used productivity hack?
Music. It helps me get into the flow.
- What’s your favorite movie?
I’m not sure I have one. My son always likes to ask me for my favorites, and I’ll give him my favorite of the day, but it doesn’t stick.
- What’s the best/worst gift you’ve ever given or received?
The worst gift I’ve given was when I moved to Texas and discovered their White Elephant gift exchange is done differently. Turns out, they’re not gag gifts. You’re supposed to bring something nice. I took something ridiculous—a slap-chop—because it was a silly cheap thing, and it was a buy one, get one so I had an extra one laying around. I knew it didn’t work well, but they still were running the shouty commercials. Everyone else brought beautiful, nice gifts. I tried to explain, but I don’t think they bought it. The sweet lady who got stuck with it was nice about it, though.
- Do you have any phobias? If so, what are they?
I do. I am terrified of submerged objects—things under the water that I can’t see. Titanic? Horror movie. It’s interesting because my dad is really into ships and lake freighters, so we spent a lot of time at ship-wreck museums when we would vacation up north in Michigan. It’s mostly ships, but just about anything submerged in water will make me get out of the water.
- What’s your idea of a perfect day?
Camping with my family when the weather is cool, and there’s good food. Sitting by the fire and watching the stars. Someplace where there’s not a whole lot to do, just a lot of hanging out. Possibly even hiding from the kids and reading a book for a little bit.
- What show are you currently binge-watching?
I am re-watching the new Dr. Who series with my son now that he’s old enough. And he’s obsessed. We’re re-watching every episode, and it’s been so fun seeing him have his first big geek-out. He swiped my sonic screwdriver pen and everything.
- When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A veterinarian. But, I went to college and fell in love with computers.
- What was your favorite volunteer or service project?
I used to volunteer in a soup kitchen in Austin. I really liked that. It was extra fun because I found out a lot of the clients there played a game called “volunteer or community service” to try and guess who was there for which reason. I did not get labelled as a “volunteer.”
- What was your favorite subject in school?
English. Literature. Writing.
- If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice.
- What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
I worked as a substitute teacher.
- What’s the first thing you bought with your own money?
I saved up for a Sony Discman in the mid-1990s. It was EVERYTHING. I was so proud of it.
- What motivates you at work?
I like solving problems and figuring things out. It doesn’t have to be a cool innovation. It can just be “that’s a nifty way to do that” or “I didn’t think of that.” I like making things better and easier for people.
- What three traits define you?
Curious. Divergent thinker. Loyal.
- What is your personal philosophy?
I think it’s just one foot in front of the other. Sometimes several feet to the side, but generally moving forward.
- Describe a “win” from the work you’ve done over the last four weeks.
Earning my Vaadin Certified Developer in December.
- How do you define success?
Doing what you set out to do, even if it’s not exactly what you thought it was going to be in the first place. You still get to the solution, even if it’s not how you started.
- What is your favorite thing about working at the Management Council?
The work ethic and the decency of people. Everyone is genuinely committed.