The Standardization Management Board (SMB) meeting which took place during the IEC General Meeting, currently ongoing until November 20, and for the first time in history virtually, took several decisions, relating to digital transformation and performance measurement.
A strategic group (SG), which had already been formed to look into digital transformation, was given a new impetus and will be headed by SMB Chair and IEC Vice-President Ralph Sporer. SG 12 has been renamed Digital Transformation and Systems Approach, and will notably:
- Define the aspects of digital transformation that are relevant to the IEC and its standardization activities
- Develop a digital transformation methodology for international standardization
- Act as a digital transformation and systems approach competency centre within the IEC and provide associated expertise and advisory services to all IEC Committees
- Identify emerging trends, technologies and practices needed for the development, delivery and use of IEC work
- Provide a platform for relevant discussion and collaboration with internal and external participation
- Coordinate IEC activities with those of other external entities and partner organizations (ISO, ITU, etc.)
“If you can’t measure things, you can’t improve them.” These famous Lord Kelvin words will also be applied to the standardization process and the SMB itself. The SMB agreed on the setting up of a new ad-hoc group to review the standards development process, improving it wherever possible. ahG 89 will be headed by Florian Spiteller, the alternate member of the SMB for Germany. It will, among other things, take on board experience from other organizations, notably the ISO Virtual Standards Development process as well as the CENELEC Flexible Standards process to help with the review. It will also identify recommendations for change as well as bottlenecks, pain points and external constraints as well as develop a methodology to achieve change. The input of all the IEC committees will be gathered to move forward in these areas.
Another ad-hoc group was set up which will be headed jointly by Kareen Riley-Tacos, SMB member for Australia and Beer Opatsuwan, alternate member for Australia. ahG 90 will, among other things, define the process to measure the success and performance of the SMB and all committee work. This will include corresponding metrics which, according to Kareen Riley-Tacos, will be “looking at benefits and realizations rather than hard key performance targets (KPIs).” The group will also develop a procedure to prioritize and facilitate SMB work, involving annual action plans, for instance. ahG 90 is to provide its final report in July 2021.