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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