I’m tardy with this recap of our first Working Group call, which happened on December 19. Seems like a lot more time has passed, and most of you, like me, are just coming out of a holiday non-work cocoon.
Anyway, the Working Group network currently has 236 members, thanks mostly to a nice post by Marshall at ReadWriteWeb. We had the call at 0900 Pacific time, which isn’t ideal for a lot of our international members, more on that later, and Paul’s agenda was about 30 minutes from a couple speakers and 30 minutes of Q & A.
The speakers were Peter Lefkowitz, Oracle’s Chief Counsel on Privacy, and Marlene Veum, Director of Information Security at Oracle. Marlene and Peter have both been very helpful with our projects, helping us navigate the Legal and Security concerns, and they each talked about concerns, best practices and approaches to take with their respective groups. Thanks to Marlene and Peter for taking time to share their expertise.
There weren’t many questions, but I hope this isn’t because the content was disappointing. Thanks to Michael Krigsman for chiming in with one. About 45 people dialed in to the conference call, which isn’t bad considering the time of year and the late notice some people got about the call. Paul did record the call, and you can listen to it on the Working Group home.
As we move forward, several topics need to be addressed:
- Because the group is international, we need a way to keep everyone involved, even if they can’t attend the calls. Recording the call is nice, but I’m interested to hear suggestions on other ways to keep people interested, and no, I won’t commit to calls in the wee hours.
- We need a way to post content, e.g. Marshall and I were talking about how sweet it would be to have a case study repository and lists of best practices/FAQs for different organizations within a typical company. These tools would give practitioners a leg up when approaching a new project. Any ideas that would not require moving content off the Ning group?
- What about future topics? This group is interactive, so the phone lines are open for your suggestions. Do you have a speaker in mind? Do you have a topic you want covered? Let us know.
Did you attend the call? What did you think? Sound off in comments.