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[802SEC] Providing clarity on the November plenary

All –

I meant to get this out earlier, but the week has gotten away from me.


I would like to speak in support of providing clarity on the schedule and nature of the November IEEE 802 meeting.  I have heard discussion of waiting until August, or even perhaps later to do this, and would advise against it.  This is for several reasons:


First, our participants are asking.  It is not just idle curiousity.  They are trying to make plans for their own schedules and their own participation.  I can personally tell you that what are minor changes in the schedule for 802 meetings in July has made a mess of plans I made back in May.  I have adjusted, but knowing about the schedule earlier would have avoided a bunch of work and juggling activities.  Others plan meetings and reviews well in advance, and need the benefit of clarity in the 802 schedule in order to maximize their participation.


Second, the leaders of our more active groups need to advance plan and synchronize multiple levels of effort.  New activity (study group) initiation, PAR review, Task Force reviews, and Working group meetings all interlock with the plenary schedule.  Things work better when planned.  We all appreciate a well-run meeting, and, if you’re seeing what I’m seeing, these virtual meetings require more, not less work.   We are generally quite good at making these things work seamlessly, but it is because a number of activities are aligned well in advance – usually around the exit of the previous plenary cycle – which is now.


Finally, most of the input will be in by Friday.  All of our working groups will have finished meeting.  If there is critical input or data needed, let us identify it.  Otherwise, we are just delaying a decision for a ‘what if’ case and incurring the penalty of continued uncertainty which doesn’t serve our participants well and makes our leaders’ jobs harder.


Thanks for listening – it has been a long week.


George Zimmerman, Ph.D.

President & Principal

CME Consulting, Inc.

Experts in Advanced PHYsical Communications



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