System committee activities
New added value provided by the IEC System committee
Given these fundamentals, the added value that SyCs can propose is:
System Engineering applied to the standards development process itself
To deliver this new added value, SyCs are applying System Engineering to the standards development process itself, by organizing activities allowing to:
For point “1”, the SyC provides a consistent framework: processes, methods and tools, use-cases collection, analysis, mapping, prioritization in order to produce roadmaps and development plans together with associated TCs.
It is highlighted that Systems are constantly evolving requiring Systems Committees to have continual feedback and input to always adapt their content with the latest market requirements. The operational models implemented need to ensure a continuous feedback loop with all relevant stakeholders throughout the systems life cycle.
For point “b2”, the SyC organizes Forums to bring together key stakeholders. If the SyC smart energy did only one thing, it would be organizing and operating sessions of the TCs Forum. There is no such place and time in the IEC organization where the TCs get together to share understanding, issues, and proposals.
Forums to open and connect
The SyCs aim to encourage and facilitate the engagement and collaboration of SyCs, TCs and stakeholders. While it is understood that TC/SCs are the core standards factories within the IEC, the System Committees offer the ability to provide a wider (system) view across TC/SC activities and at the same time a convergence platform to support those TC/SCs and all other SDOs willing to collaborate.
This facilitates cross communications amongst TC/SCs, helping those Committees to anticipate and better manage themselves the inception of new ideas and projects. For this engagement process to perform, it requires communication and coordination between SyCs and the relevant associated TC/SCs.
Closing loops inside IEC
The approach is aimed at closing the loop between standards developed within the TCs, SCs, relevant stakeholders and the SyCs.
The SyC modus operandi model can play several different roles depending on the operational need; providing a supporting role where the development work is carried out in a single TC or across TCs via JWG, or, if required, the SyC can develop work within its own committee with the presence and contribution of the identified TCs representatives.
The introduction of R Membership for various TC/ SCs allows committee representation within the SyC level for communication, coordination and development of activities. However awareness is key for the SyCs to operate efficiently, as such close communication for cross-committee topics should be encouraged between SyCs, TCs and SCs.
Closing loops between IEC and the outside world
Besides the “TCs Forum” (AG1) covering IEC related committees (TCs, SCs SyCs etc), in order to improve awareness of activities outside of the IEC, the SyCs also propose the creation of various “Forums”, each forum reflecting a certain grouping of stakeholders.
The Figure identifies three additional forums.
(1) The Users Forum (AGx) covering the Users of the standards.
(2) The Regional coordination forums (AGy) to cover regional regulatory and organizations that are not developing standards but representing specific regional needs and investing huge resources in analysing standards that could be potentially shared.
(3) “Non-traditional electrotechnology players” ,and their related SDOs Forum (AGz) which covers typically telecommunication-internet players.
The forums are designed to improve communication and coordination of cross-group activities within a particular field striving to remove silo activities by providing an open workshop environment and discussing topical cross-committee subjects