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Re: [802SEC] Notes From Geoff Thompson on How to Do a Standard


I'm not sure that there is any particular value in making this a presentation to the Standards Forum.
That would be preaching to the converted.
If you feel that feel that what I put forth is of some value as a tool for Standards Developers when they are faced with this question then what I feel might be more appropriate is:
1) Include the text below in the file package for Standards Board members.

2) Announce its availability on the SB Agenda as material to be distributed to WG Chairs to be adapted for their own use.

I don't fell that it should consume discussion time at this level.


At 08:21 AM 8/24/01 -0500, Jim Carlo wrote:

Thanks to Geoff for the following (with a few of my edits). Geoff, could you present this at the IEEE-SA Standards Board Forum next month?

Question: I have a great idea for a new Standard. What do I do?

Answer: A good idea does not become a standard by magic. It requires someone, or more realistically a number of people, to volunteer a lot of time to make it happen. The likelihood of this occurring because a "good idea" was thrown over the wall from a non-participant is approximately zero.

If you want to make your idea into a Standard then what it takes is:

1) Coming to meetings enough so that you are "familiar with the process for submitting requests to the IEEE working groups". Possibly you already know someone in the process that can help you.

2) Gathering a bunch of folks who are of like mind.

3) Having a member of the group (maybe even you by that time) do a stand-up presentation as to why "this" would be a good idea and how it would mesh into and complement the current Standard.

4) Get formal support from the Working Group to generate a PAR (IEEE Project Authorization Request) and the associated 5 Criteria.

5) Get the PAR and 5 Criteria approved by the Working Group, the rest of 802 via the 802 Exec, the IEEE-SA Standards Board via NESCOM.

6) Get your "bunch of folks" (some subset of the Working Group) to agree on the technical content of your proposal.

7) Get the agreement formulated into a draft in the format that it takes to actually be a Standard.

8) Go through the formal Working Group ballot process including comment resolution, draft revision and recirculation.

9) Go through the formal IEEE-SA Sponsor Ballot Process including comment resolution, draft revision and recirculation.

10) Submit your completed, approved draft to the IEEE-SA Standards Board via REVCOM. 11) Work with an IEEE-SA Publications Editor to get your draft published as a Standard.

IEEE 802 invites you to dive in and test your idea. While the process might look onerous, start at the first step and move forward - and you can be part of an IEEE-SA Standard process that benefits the public.