Dirty laundry: Committee disasters, what happened, what we learned

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Jon Bosak

Sun Microsystems

Mavis Cournane

Cognitran

Patrick Durusau

James David Mason

Y-12 National Security Complex

David Orchard

Lauren Wood

Sun

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Dirty laundry: Committee disasters, what happened, what we learned

(Panel Discussion)

Balisage: The Markup Conference 2008
August 12 - 15, 2008

Abstract

Markup standards and projects are created, managed, and sometimes destroyed through group process. While this process is often a bit bumpy, there are some occasions when it goes spectacularly badly. Tales of these committee disasters can be not only entertaining, but also (and more importantly) informative. Panelists will spend a maximum of 10 minutes each, describing a committee/working group disaster of some sort, including: what went wrong, how it could have been prevented, how it could have been (or how it was) resolved. Participants may anonymize their tales of woe, provided they assure us that the events they describe actually occurred and that that they were actually involved.