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|Presentation Abstracts for 2018 Conference|
Kathie Morgan - From Transactional to Transformational
This session brings together leaders from SES, standards oversight bodies, and organizations engaged in standards and conformity assessment for an interactive, roundtable discussion about the current landscape for the standards community and the challenges and opportunities for leadership as the who, how, and what of standardization continues to shift and evolve.
Laura Brumsey Strategies for Engaging the Next Generation
· understanding the impact on the standards development process;
· membership monitoring and evaluation of resource availability;
· strategies for engaging the next generation of professionals;
· transition protocols for introducing new participants to standards development; and
· facilitating the transfer of knowledge to the next generation.
Mark Ramlochan So you want to be a Standards Professional? – The Essential Skills for the Young Standards Professional
In today’s fast changing environment, Standards Development Professionals are required to possess critical skills and behaviors in order to execute standards development initiatives quickly and effectively. Young professionals entering the Standard Development profession are challenged to identify and develop the unique skill sets that are required in this profession. This session will provide insight to Young Professionals on some of the key skills and competences that they should focus their development in order to establish a dynamic career in standards. Drawing on first-hand experience, the speaker will provide credible examples of how development of certain skills can lead to opportunities for success. From core skills such as project management, understanding of consensus, and communication, to intangible skills such as negotiation, leadership, and motivation, this session will discuss the balanced approach to developing these essential skills through on the job training, formal courses, and mentorship.
Standards committees understand the urgency of bringing new participants into the process, retaining current participants, harnessing their capabilities, and developing a pipeline of leadership. However, there is often a struggle with exactly how to address this issue, and understanding the roles that SDOs and volunteers can both play to leverage standards development participation and provide the “WIIFM” for technical experts. These breakout sessions provide an interactive exploration to answer, “How do we increase participation and engagement in the standards development process?”
The thought of using standards to promote innovation may seem to be a stark contradiction, however technological innovation rarely occurs for technology sake alone. To secure development resources, innovation that solves real business problems or creates new business opportunities requires a well-built business case. All too often, the zeal to create technology gets in the way of this foundational objective. Using standards-based technologies to validate business cases, from early evaluation through minimum viable product, makes perfect sense. This session will explore some of these concepts as well as some real-world cases where standards do promote innovation.
We cannot deny that in the US and around the globe, there is a critical discussion ongoing about the impacts of diversity. But, how specifically does diversity affect the standards landscape? What are the impacts of diversity on communication and groups working toward a common goal? Can we leverage diversity to make standards stronger? This session through a series of impact statements will explore these questions and more, while attempting to identify the opportunities and challenges of the ever-changing standards landscape.
Presenters from US, Mexico and Canada will each present an overview of their country’s standards and conformity assessment system structure. This overview will highlight similarities and differences between the three economies including examples.
Alec Clark Helping Canadian Companies Scale-Up through Standards Setting
David Wroth Our Opportunity – Climate Change Adaptation and Standards
Karen Reczek Standardization in Forensics – Challenges and Developments
Roy Swift, Realizing the Benefits of Creativity, Innovation, and Quality through Dynamic Diversity
Stephen Covey once said, “Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.” Dynamic diversity is critical to the future growth of the standards community if they are to keep up with change, meet diverse customer demands, and adapt quickly to environments that are continually evolving. The research on dynamic diversity is very clear, and shows that diversity is essential to growth and prosperity of any organization. In a Forbes study, diversity was found to be the key to creativity and innovation. In another study, groups of diverse problem solvers were found to outperform groups of high-ability problem solvers. Additionally, the Harvard Business School found that diverse, multicultural networks promoted creativity, the foundation for innovation. It is evident that diversity is often the foundation that fosters business success today. This presentation will highlight some of these research findings, and show how they can be practically applied to the standards community. James Surowiecki, author of the book The Wisdom of Crowds, states “Diversity and independence are important because the best collective decisions are the product of disagreement and contest, not consensus or compromise.”