Meet The Six New Star Spec Leads
The new year kicks off for the Java Community Process (sm) (JCPsm) program not only with a not-to-be-missed training session (see Calendar and The JCP Chooses The Bay Area To Kick Off Its 2006 Training Season ) but also with a new roaster of Star Spec Leads which have just got added to the JCP Hall of Fame.
Exceptional spec lead performance gets noticed by the community as a key ingredient for an effective and smooth Java Specification Requests (JSR) development process.
Danny Coward (Sun Microsystems),
Pierre Gauthier (Metasolv Software),
Janna Majakangas (Nokia Corporation),
Eamonn McManus (Sun Microsystems),
Antti Rantalahti (Nokia Corporation),
Bill Shannon (Sun Microsystems),
have set the bar yet higher with timely and quality delivery of their JSRs.
Danny Coward has been involved with the JCP program in a variety of roles from representative and observer to expert and spec lead. He has already led three JSRs and his six years with the community have gained him valuable experience as spec lead. Danny feels strongly that the longevity of Java (tm) Application Programming Interface(API)s and platforms is coming about because of the breadth and depth of community participation. "One perspective is not enough," he says.
Chair of the Operation Support Systems through Java (tm)(OSS/J) Architecture Board, editor of the OSS/J Design Guidelines, spec lead and implementation team lead, all these describe Pierre Gauthier. But what puts Pierre in the echelon of star spec leads more than anything else is that he took the time to mentor numerous individuals over the past few years transfering the knowledge and expertise he gained as spec lead and driver of the OSS/J effort through the community.
Janna Majakangas has acquired her spec lead competencies fast and put them to work effectively. She attributes part of her success to excellent mentors, other spec leads from Nokia.
She finds the role and work of spec lead deeply satisfying. "I like my current role where we create a standard in some area, and it is interesting to see how it is then implemented in actual products. This gives us feedback on how we have succeeded," she says.
Èamonn McManus is a veteran spec lead with a JSR portfolio to envy. He is the Java(tm) Management Extensions (JMX(tm)) guru and created a reputation for leading JSRs transparently. He has even turned to blogging to expand communication beyond traditional JSR channels. He created JMX(tm) blog to get as much feedback and input as possible from the community.
For Antti Rantalahti spec lead-expert group communication is a top priority. He says, "...Quick response time and correctness are part of being professional." Experts should know that they have all the same information as the Spec Lead has and feel that they are the ones who can and will do the work. Antti is pleased with being named a Star Spec Lead, saying, "I see it as a merit for myself, my company, and the Expert Group.
Bill Shannon's participation in the JCP is synonymous with Java (tm) Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) whose development and maintenance he has led and overseen through all its stages. He was recently awarded the Most Outstanding Spec Lead for Java Standard Edition/Enterprise Edition 2005 distinction for his technical acumen, his ability to build consensus among Experts, and his efficiency in guiding the specification - development process.
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