Association Management Blog

Best Practices for Boards and Working Groups

Posted by Andy Freed on 2/4/16 6:00 AM

Sometimes you can find information for best practices for Boards and working groups in the most unusual of places.

A recent article in a scientific journal entitled “Why too much evidence can be a bad thing” talks about how sometimes too much evidence can be a bad thing. In fact, as the article states, in ancient Jewish law, if a person was found unanimously found guilty by all judges, then the suspect was acquitted. The reason being that the judges felt if no one saw a flaw in the case, it was unlikely to be true.

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Topics: Working Groups, Board, BOD, Technical Working Groups

As the Calendar Page Turns...It's Tech Conference Season

Posted by Andy Freed on 1/26/16 7:00 AM

As the calendar page turns, it starts to become conference season. The period from February to June is stacked with industry conferences of all kinds in the tech space. Starting with CES, but moving on to the RSA conference and dozens of others.

Having gone to more of these than I can count, here are a few musings on getting the most out of these events:

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Topics: Technology, Conference Planning

The Joint Development Foundation:
Offering "a Standards Organization in a Box"

Posted by Andy Freed on 1/20/16 6:00 AM

Here is an innovative approach to launching an organization quickly-- the Joint Development Foundation (JDF). It's an organization that enables smaller standards and source code development collaborations to form swiftly and efficiently through a turnkey legal and operational infrastructure. 

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Topics: Standards, Associations

CES 2016 Final Thoughts

Posted by Andy Freed on 1/12/16 1:44 PM

After a few days of walking the floor at CES, many things start to look alike. That’s because they are. There were dozens of quadcopter drones from different manufacturers. A sea of 4k televisions all with great pictures. And enough virtual reality glasses to make them stop being a novelty.

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Topics: Association Management, Technology

CES 2016 Report

Posted by Andy Freed on 1/7/16 10:29 AM

Yesterday I spent my day at the events that are held in advance of the floor opening for the Consumer Electronics Show—some research sessions and a keynote by the CEO of Intel. Some interesting things afoot for the world of technology:

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Topics: Technology Standards, Association

Building your Business Continuity Plan

Posted by Brant Picard on 1/5/16 6:30 AM

In the wake of a natural disaster affecting your technology alliance or association, you stand in the midst of the rubble that was once your business and wonder how in the world you will notify everyone and tell them that the organization and office no longer exist. What is going to happen to your members when they call the organization expecting to get help or support and instead receive only a busy signal? Where and how are you going to obtain and restore the years of data and information that were lost, in order to keep the business running? What are you going to do? And where do you begin? How is the organization going to recover from this loss?

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Topics: Association Management, Technology

Why These Four “P’s” Add Up to Successful Event Marketing

Posted by Andy Freed on 12/2/15 7:00 AM

Disastrous events. We’ve all had them. I remember standing with my boss behind a pillar at an event in 1999, as he was unable to look at the room we had set for 700 with the 50 attendees. My attempts to promote the event as having a better-than-expected speaker-to-attendee ratio fell a little flat.

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Topics: Meetings, Association Management, Association Membership

Maintaining Your Business Continuity in the Event of a Man-Made or Natural Disaster

Posted by Brant Picard on 11/23/15 8:46 AM

It’s 3 a.m. and you’re awakened by the sound of your cell phone ringing on your nightstand. Your first thought is always, “Something happened to the kids!” or “A family member is in trouble!” However, as you come back to your senses a bit and realize that it is probably work-related, nothing really prepares you for the person on the other end of the line telling you, “We have a business emergency! Our business and the customers we support may be in jeopardy if we can’t recover from this disaster!”

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Topics: Association Management

Making a Day of It

Posted by Andy Freed on 10/16/15 7:00 AM

Last week I saw the coolest Facebook post from my sister-in-law, who works at EMC in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. It was pretty neat—Patriot tight end (and part time Superhero) Rob Gronkowski had come to EMC as part of a company celebration. She was pumped to see Gronk live and in person. Watch the clip!

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Topics: Membership, Association Membership

How did you spend your weekend?

Posted by Andy Freed on 10/7/15 8:11 AM

Here’s how I spent mine: 
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