Standards leader job responsibilities

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Earlier today I was asked by someone outside IBM for a job description for an organization’s standards leader. You can divide this up in several different ways, including combining everything into one person’s role, but here are some of the overall things such a leader could do.

I’ve divided this into two sets of responsibilities, one more policy and intellectual property oriented, and the other more standards creation and industry collaboration oriented. I’ve included two identical items in each list for emphasis but, as I said, you can divide this up as you see fit.

Policy Management

  • Handles intellectual property issues with attorneys on joining standards organizations (SDOs) or using their output.
  • Handles memberships agreements for SDOs, including negotiating to change them
  • Writes internal policies for working in SDOs in general as well as those with special conditions
  • Balances standards intellectual property licensing issues across business units for total company advantage (vs good for one, really bad for others, e.g.)
  • Works with government representatives to help formulate standards procurement and use policies
  • Testifies in legislative situations on relative value of open standards vs. closed approaches
  • Does general pro-standards evangelism in the press, with analysts, at conferences, with customers, in blogs, etc
  • NO selling of specific products and services
  • May pay for standards dues and other costs from budget

Standards Management

  • Manages and coordinates, either directly or “dotted line”, company participants in SDOs
  • Enforces participation policies
  • Ensures that standards participation matches company strategies for products and services
  • Works with other industry colleagues to start new standards efforts, including media and analyst outreach
  • Drives internal strategy from an interoperability perspective vs proprietary formats and interfaces
  • Looks for standards-based growth opportunities, both technologically and geographically
  • Works closely with internal architecture boards to ensure standards aspects are prominent
  • Does general pro-standards evangelism in the press, with analysts, at conferences, with customers, in blogs, etc
  • When meeting with customers, shows both importance of standards as well as company products and services that support them
  • May pay for standards dues and other costs from budget

One Comment

  1. And what’s IBM doing in that regard? Is there one? Or two?

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