Assessment of group health
Basic health indicators are good;
o Meetings are taking place as scheduled every two weeks
o Agendas and notes are kept
o Recordings are linked to the wiki
Attendance at the meetings has declined slightly from 20 at the early sessions to 15, through to 7 at a recent meeting. This may have been caused by time differences as we moved to summertime in different parts of the world.
o Membership of the email list service continues to grow, with 2-3 new joiners each week and few leavers
Issues being faced by the group
o Address declining attendance on the calls
o The activity is focussed on presentations by group members and guests. We need to decide as a group whether we wish to move beyond this towards the kind of collaborative working that other SIG groups have done. It may be that the make-up of the membership means that this is not feasible.
Summary of activity in the past quarter
o Keynote presentations from group members and guest members
o A run-down of latest news from the world of Trade Finance Blockchain
o Overview of the entire HyperLedger product and toolset
List of planned work products
o Survey to establish more information about the group membership and objectives for the future (underway)
o Specific presentations on trade finance platforms and interoperability
Assessment of participant diversity (consider several factors, including organizational, geographic, gender, and skill level diversity)
o Organizational; most attendees on the calls are from the software industry or consulting
o Geographic; Europe, East Asia, South Asia and North America are represented on most calls. No representation from Africa, South America or Middle East
o Gender; Although the make-up is predominantly male, there are female members of the SIG. Active participation is more evenly split.
o Skill level. There is insufficient information to assess skill level. Knowledge levels vary, but in a constructive way as the meetings feature a lot of knowledge sharing.
Any additional information
o The next quarter will be important for the group to define the way ahead. If we wish to continue as an presentation-based information sharing group, then we need to build a strong forward schedule of presenters. If we seek to participate in cooperative working (e.g. co-authored papers or joint projects) then we will need to put in place the structures to initiate these.