Usability engineering and IEC 62366 – last day on JWG

The five day meeting on the second edition of the IEC 62366 standard is nearing its end. It has been a long week; interesting but long. I am of the general opinion that meetings usually never have to be more than 60 minutes. At least not when there are 14 people in the room. We are now close to 40 hours of meetings.

The meeting has been held in Treviso with 14 participants. A quick guesstimate puts the average number of employees in the companies that were represented at the meeting at 9000 per company. Also FDA were represented and very active at the meeting.

There has been a lot of good discussions and updates to the existing standard. Personally, I have argued for simplicity. Even though the representatives from the larger corporations also make remarks about simplicity, I think it is important to have an SME perspective on the development of standards. Most of the people at this meeting come from departments that have more specialist employees in that single department on for example Usability, than what some start-ups the total number of employees in some start-ups. The standard has to work for both sizes of companies.

The CD version and the result of the work will be released for review shortly.