A year ago my boss said to me, "Jan, congratulations! You are our new representative to the IMS and other standards organizations." A week later I flew halfway around the world to Melbourne, Australia for my first IMS Quarterly Meeting in February 2005.
As the newbie in the IMS Content Packagine specification Working Group I didn’t know what to expect. My first day was spent sitting attentively while trying to absorb as much information as possible (think drinking from a fire hose). On day two I joined the discussion of the fate of the "IsVisible" flag in the specification. By the end of that afternoon I was named the new Working Group co-chair and my adventures had just begun.