Not my preferred way to spend a weekend but I wanted to support the initiative and I think a useful start was made. Many aspects were good: venue, overall organisation, networking opportunities etc. Fri/Sat would have been better days for getting more people there.
A lot of groups are thinking about best practice in all kinds of forums and many papers have already been circulated so I wonder whether we need another initiative. However, the outcome of the weekend was to invite a broader participation – I could not disagree with that.
So I’ll follow this unless and until a better initiative turns up. It can be successful if there is:
- recognition of the whole picture including overall architecture, applications, scenarios/ use cases, testing, certification etc.
- involvement of a community of potential “user” organisations (sorry, still don’t have a better word for them)
- links with all the other activities in this space
We’ll see what happens and I’ll make a point of tracking the next steps and giving further input. I’ll try to assemble a list of the other initiatives as I think this should have been done beforehand.