Setting Standards: A Simulation Exercise in Strategy and Cooperation in Standardization Processes
Apr 12, 2012 9:00 AM ( Gaithersburg, MD )
Hosted by NIST Standards Services
Thursday, April 12, 2012
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Registration: 8:30 AM
Admin. Bldg. 101, Heritage Room
Government Audience Only
Back by popular demand, “Setting Standards: A Simulation Exercise in Strategy and Cooperation in Standardization Processes,” is a fictional, but life-like exercise that exposes participants to the challenges and opportunities in standards setting and explores the analytical and practical skills needed to successfully engage in standards negotiations.
Established game-developer United Knowledge has created “Setting Standards” in response to the growing demand for interactive, realistic and exciting learning environments for standards education. This one-day simulation will engage participants in the politics and mechanics of standards development and negotiation. It is an excellent skill-builder for anyone already participating on a standards development committee or who anticipates being on the frontline of standards development at the national or international level.
Under the guidance of a facilitator, Mr. Jorrit De Jong, a research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, participants will negotiate a standard for a fictional next generation technology. The participants will simulate a real standardization process through role-playing and completing strategic tasks. Afterwards, a three-phased evaluation will be used to reflect on their experiences, focusing on lessons for real-life standardization.
The simulation is a game, but it is “serious fun”. The exercise is designed to be dynamic, demanding and even frustrating – just like real life! No technical, juridical, or standardization knowledge is required.
Past audiences have given this event high marks. Some testimonials from recent participants include:
“Great training technique to demonstrate real world challenges and strategies to reach consensus through negotiation. Doing is much more effective in this case than lecturing.”
"Provides a true-to-life feeling of what happens in standards committees"
“Great chance to get hands on experience in a real world setting.”
“The simulation was very engaging.”
“Having specific roles to play in the simulation made it more realistic. The simulation itself was extremely well-designed.”
"Very useful and fun to play"
There is no fee to attend, but participants must register in
advance by March 30, as space is limited. Once the
class fills we will begin a waitlist.
Participants must arrive on time and stay for the entire exercise, as
the simulation depends on each and every role.
For more information please contact Mary Jo DiBernardo (firstname.lastname@example.org, x5503) or Patrice Boulanger (email@example.com, x3882) and see http://www.setting-standards.com/english/home.