Thursday, May 27, 2010


To the surprise of my Honeywell colleagues, who think of me as being "good at this" (participating in endless and interminable committee meetings, patient through all the slow steps forward and the frequent reversals wiping out hours of progress), I confessed afterwards to having reached burnout a half-hour or so before the end of the Smart Grid PAP10 meeting.

It's nothing new but there are some situations more likely to produce it than others, and yesterday's was the worst: a room of 50-odd bright minds with highly varied perspectives trying to wordsmith a document, with every statement made at a microphone after announcing one's name and affiliation for the benefit of those in teleconference. Just a decision over a single word can easily burn up 10 minutes or more.

There has to be a better way.

But today is a new day, final day of meetings, and the B2G DEWG (Building-to-Grid Domain Expert Working Group) meeting lies ahead.

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