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Spring Cleaning

Posted by Andy Freed on 4/10/15 7:00 AM

After more than nine feet of snow in Boston, I saw something I haven’t seen a while this week. My lawn. And it wasn’t a pretty sight. All that snow brought gravel, matted leaves, trash and who knows what else on to my property. 

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Topics: Tech Consortia, Technical Process

Diffusion of Innovation: Practical Tips for Technology Councils & Standards Orgs

Posted by Andy Freed on 11/2/13 4:00 AM

In the 1960s, researcher Everett Rogers published a work called Diffusion of Innovations that aimed to explain how, why, and at what rate new ideas and technology spread through cultures. Nearly half a century later, his research is still the guiding rule across various industries—including the technology space—for predicting and driving technology adoption strategy. Since standard-setting organizations and technology-focused consortia are largely in the business of developing and promoting the adoption of new technologies, Rogers' work has some very strong relevance.

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Topics: Technology, Membership, Technical Process, Association, Association Management Company

Why Your Professional Association Needs a Strategic Plan…Right Now

Posted by Andy Freed on 10/2/13 5:00 AM

What’s an eight-letter word for association management? Strategy. And even though it should be the driving force behind your professional association’s agenda, strategic plans are often lacking in their most basic elements—including the imperative to stay current.

Meg Whitman once described the evolution of eBay’s strategic mission in observing that strategy meetings went from being

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Topics: Operations, Starting an Association, Organizational Development, Governance, Membership, Technical Process, Association Management Company, Hiring an Association Management Company

We All Have Issues

Posted by Mary McRae on 1/17/12 8:00 AM

Yes, it's true.

If you're an association of any kind, chances are extremely high that at least one of your committees or working groups has a list of open items, or issues. It could be items that the group hasn't yet reached consensus on, parking lot items that the group hasn't yet had a chance to discuss, problems that have been identified but not yet resolved, or even an inventory of decisions it has already made.

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Topics: Governance, Technology, Technical Process, Standards

Establishing an Effective Technical Process

Posted by Andy Freed on 6/9/11 4:00 AM

For any standards development organization, the technical process is the heart of the association. As a result, how that process is created and managed will be key to ensuring an entity’s ultimate success. Yet, ironically, the people responsible for setting up a new standards organization often don't know how to do it, or even where to begin. Even if they do, they will inevitably encounter numerous unforeseen obstacles that can bog down their technical mission, ranging from disputes involving intellectual property rights to conflicting member agendas.

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Topics: Webinar, Technology, Technical Process, Standards

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