Sighting opportunities for building internal tools
As a programming co-director for the Seattle chapter of AIGA I was responsible for event planning and general chapter engagement with the public. However, after a handful of years of being involved in varying on-the-ground capacities before taking a proper board position, I was able to see where we've stumbled operationally. So in an effort to streamline my own process for planning, promoting and running events I built out structures on varying platforms and adapted them into chapter wide processes.
Helping to build out our portfolio of tools, the chapter now handles ticketing online at Eventbrite and in-person checkin (or at the door sales). Square readers are still on hand for any merch or drinks (with distributed gray accounts for volunteers' personal phones).
Below is the new site theme built on a Nationally led Wordpress backend (in collaboration with Ben Hubbard), automated Google Forms, and diagram folder structure for a shared resource server built on our Google Apps account (in collaboration with Calvin Carter). Once we built this out, the extension into Google Forms with automated server side scripting felt pretty natural.
Sometimes it's the ugliest work that's the most important.