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Voting is Good but Making Your Voice Heard is Better

Posted by sean_sheedy on November 1, 2007 at 3:46 PM PDT

After spending several years in the Java ME standards circuit for a major operator, I'm now on my own as a consultant, and running for one of the open Executive Committee seats as an Individual. I'd really like to know what burning topics Java ME developers would like to see the winning candidates bring to the EC.

Java ME has been fabulously successful with well over 2 Billion devices shipped. A lot is being done right, but it does not mean that the platform is without issues. Some are longstanding, and current EC members tell me that the desire for correcting them is universal. However, the nature of corporate life makes initiating these discussions difficult. How do you tell your boss that you need travel budget to discuss fragmentation with your biggest competitors? "You're going to discuss what with who?"

An Individual can facilitate discussions on these issues. They have the advantage of not having corporate encumbrances. They are freer to start conversations among competitors to bring those to the table who need to be there for change to happen. They can highlight other Members' public actions that demonstrate their commitment to the Community Process, without being accused of "aiding the enemy." They are freer to question private actions within the EC that undermine those public actions, without burning vendor/customer relationships.

In my position statement, I listed many potential objectives, but with only 15 people in the EC, you have to focus in order to get anything done. So I am interested in hearing what people consider to be the first issue for a new EC member to raise after they are elected to the Executive Committee.

In the JCP, a Community with over 700 members, about 2/3 are Individual Members and of the remaining 1/3, a significant number are smaller companies. However, between the EC and MSA - the two bodies that drive ME - all but one member is a large corporation. This is not to say that these companies do not represent developers. From personal experience I know they do, but developer interests are represented through a corporate lens.

What do individual developers want to accomplish when that lens is removed?

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