Collaboration at Scale: Welcome to the Internet
There is a saying that if a thing isn't written down, it never really happened. Technologists rely on the fact that others have written down their ideas as technical specifications, best practice standards, how-to documentation, and more. Creating this material, though, requires more than just technical expertise, a willingness to collaborate, and the ability to write clearly. It also requires an understanding of how standards in organizations work and what process is required to have material published.
Join me to look into the world of standards development and the various contribution and publication processes. Learn about the differences between community-based and treaty-based standards organizations and if, when, and how consensus-building happens. Internet-scale collaboration is amazing, and you can be a part of it.
Heather Flanagan, Principal, and Owner at Spherical Cow Consulting come from a position that the Internet is led by people, powered by words, and inspired by technology. She has been involved in leadership roles with some of the most technical, volunteer-driven organizations on the Internet, including as Principal Editor, the IETF, the IAB, and the IRTF as RFC Series Editor, ICANN as Technical Writer, and REFEDS as Coordinator, to name a few.
Heather’s goal is to work with to make the Internet a more functional, diverse, and less biased platform for the world. This involves hands-on engagement in developing and expanding business and administrative processes, designing technology strategies, forming and leading teams, and technical writing and editing.
If there is work going on to develop new Internet standards, or discussions around the future of digital identity, she is interested in engaging in that work.
Why would I pop in my earbuds for a Heather Flannagan talk? First, she knows what she’s talking about and has a breadth of knowledge and experience that is rare these days. She’s worked in multiple standards organizations, IT operations, cross-sector community startups to name a few. So many hats can she apply to the topic at hand! Second, she engages the audience whether it’s 5 or 500 in exploration in a way that makes it understandable as well as surprisingly personal. Heather’s humor and advocations provide spice and interesting real-world analogies to the matter at hand. Come for the information and stay for the fun conversation.
I have had the privilege of co-presenting and co-keynoting with Heather Flanagan on several occasions and can authoritatively state that Heather’s industry insight and unique point of view make for content-rich, satisfying presentations. She is wicked smart and can quietly demolish an opposing opinion in ways that leave the audience cheering. In a world where many presenters (including myself) come from big tech, Heather’s approach is a breath of fresh air with just the right mix of hard-won truth.