The Standards Game


Want to be part of IEEE Standards Association governance? Here’s how…

The IEEE Standards Association is always looking for interested people to participate in their working groups and governance committees. It can be an interesting and rewarding experience if you and your company are willing and able to invest a bit of time and money (not excessive amounts, in my experience). It’s a positive side of the standards game.

Presently, there’s a search underway for people who’d like to join the Corporate Advisory Group (CAG) in 2013-2014, which is all about IEEE’s entity-based standards. Examples of these standards in the electronic design automation industry are SystemVerilog, UPF, and SystemC. Clearly these are important standards that continue to benefit us broadly. I was a member of the CAG for several years and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Here’s more information about being a member of the CAG (copied from the IEEE-SA’s Call for Candidates). If you are interested, I’m happy to help you submit your information to the IEEE-SA. You can post a comment below, email me, send a message to me via LinkedIn, or send me a tweet. By now, I think it’s pretty easy to find me.

CAG responsibilities:

– Representing corporate member insight and guidance on needs, interest, vision, products, and services provided by the IEEE
– Establish the CAG as the recognized conduit for corporate perspectives
– Serves as advocate for IEEE
– Promotes and advocates new work in the IEEE-SA in all areas of the standards life cycle
– Promotes corporate representation, membership, and entity-based activities
– Facilitates industry feedback on present and proposed methods and tools provided for development of standards and related products
– Provides sponsorship, as appropriate, and sponsorship liaison for entity-based projects
– Advises on direction of IEEE-SA Corporate Program, including budget

Candidates must be interested in managing the development of industry standards and must hold strategic positions at corporations that are at least Basic Entity Members of the IEEE-SA (or that are willing to join).

If you would like to be considered for the 2013-2014 IEEE-SA Corporate Advisory Group, please note the following rules that apply to any potential candidate.

The deadline to respond is 15 May 2012.

The slate of candidates will be forwarded to the IEEE-SA Board of Governors Nominations and Appointments Committee (N&A) for its review later in the year, with a final decision on the candidate slate to be made by the IEEE-SA Board of Governors.

Rules for IEEE-SA CAG membership:

1. The time commitment is 3-6 meetings in 2013.
The 2012 calendar is located at That will give you an idea of what to expect. The 2013 calendar has not been finalized yet.
Attendance is expected at all meetings.
2. This is a non-funded position.  You are expected to fund your own travel.
3. You must have an email address, web access, and a laptop computer to bring to the meeting.
Policies and Procedures related to the CAG are located at
Corporate Program information located at

I hope you’ll consider this opportunity. I think it would be great to work with you. BTW, “funding your own travel” usually means “your company funds your travel”. Let me know if you want more information. I’m happy to share my experiences with the IEEE Standards Association.

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6 responses to “Want to be part of IEEE Standards Association governance? Here’s how…”

  1. I have put lots of time in over the years on Verilog-AMS and SystemVerilog. Usually my input gets ignored at the end of the day in preference to what helps sell whatever old rope Synopsys/Cadence/Mentor want to pedal.

    The recent exclusion of non IEEE-SA members from the SystemVerilog process, means that I have to find $8000 if I want to contribute there, and I’m probably still going to get overruled by the big guys.

    So I’m not getting involved again until someone is paying me to do it (preferably not an EDA company).

  2. I appreciate your comments, Kevin.

    I’ll share a secret with you. If you are speaking the voice of the customer – representing what the IC design engineer needs – it behooves the big EDA companies to listen.

    Not sure where the $8K figure comes from. A basic corporate membership for a small consulting firm is $1.25K –

    Hopefully, you’ll be able to come back in the future or a non-EDA company will help bring you back to the IEEE-SA entity working groups.

  3. Re: the $8000

    I think the $1.25K is just SA membership (less for individuals), $5000 is what it costs to participate in the SV standard process, and $3000 if you want editing rights (or at least that’s what I understood it to be when I checked last year as it changed to SA entity only).

    I asked a couple of companies if I could be their representative but for some reason they like to spend the money and not use their voting power.

    On the bright side I work for a “Cloud” company and don’t have to deal with SystemVerilog or Verilog-AMS as a developer or user.

  4. Yes, the $1.25 is for an SA membership to let you participate in the working group. I don’t know about the $5000 and $3000. Perhaps to pay the technical editor, but I’ve never heard of “editing rights”. Synopsys doesn’t pay for “editing rights”, whatever that might be, so maybe someone can explain to me what this is. The working group could (should IMHO) establish a sliding scale for additional fees like tech writers – the way that membership are less for small companies.

    Companies wasting their voting power doesn’t make sense to me either. You could certainly represent a company as their consultant. Being transparent about it, of course.

    Sounds like you’ve had enough fun with SystemVerilog and Verilog-AMS. Glad you’re happy in the “Cloud”. I wish you well. :)

  5. Hi Arvind,

    The cost depends on what type of membership you want and whether or not you’re already an IEEE member. For companies to join and participate on entity projects, there are 2 types of corporate memberships – basic and advanced. The cost is determined by the company’s annual revenue. Big companies pay more than small companies. For individuals who participate on individual projects, there are 3 types of memberships, and the cost is based on whether you’re an IEEE or Society member, or if you just want to work on standards.

    The details are here:

    Let me know if you have any questions.