By AgGateway Communications Director Susan Ruland
As reported in last month’s newsletter, AgGateway is currently implementing its new digital resource development process aspart of the transition to AgGateway 2020. We’ve talked quite a bit about what the new structure for AgGateway looks like beginning on January 1. In this article we’ll look more closely at how members and staff will work together and move ideas and projects forward within that structure. AgGateway’s objective: To speed the process of creating and implementing new digital resources, which will promote and enable the transition to digital agriculture.
As a reminder, AgGateway’s digital resource development process will be managed through two coordinating oversight groups that are part of the AgGateway 2020 structure. The new process will be operating in a transitional phase until January 2020:
Working Groups: This is where members produce digital resources, which is intended to occur within a short period of time. The goal is for members to propose work that can be broken down into sections of manageable scope and complete the deliverables within a few weeks.
Meet-Ups: When members want to meet to discuss a pain point or idea, or just to brainstorm on a topic or set of topics, they can ask Member Services to schedule a “Meet-Up”. A Meet-Up can be a conference call or face-to-face meeting to bring together AgGateway members who are interested in a specific topic, or to discuss pain points in a particular sector (e.g., crop protection).
Communities: This is a temporary structure designed to aid in the 2020 transition as Councils are drawn down and their activities moved to more productive groups and processes. As such, a Community is a group of members that share common business interests and goals, which meets to determine how to move activities within Councils forward during the transition to AgGateway 2020. (The last Council meetings will be at the November 2019 Annual Conference.)
Task Force: This is a group of limited duration whose purpose is to complete a specified task other than producing digital resources. Examples of current Task Forces include the AGIIS Modernization Task Force, which will deliver recommended steps for improving the Ag Industry Identification System; and the Quick Connect Task Force, which is planning for an upcoming meeting where industry partners will discuss next steps in making connections.
Committees in 2020 will be structured much as they are today, but with additional staff support. A Committee is comprised of member volunteers. A Committee supports AgGateway operations or digital resources. It does not create digital resources; this is done by Working Groups.
The current plan is for all Councils to conduct their final meeting at the November 2019 Annual Conference in New Orleans. The focus of those meetings in November will be:
Questions? Contact Member Services at Member.Services@AgGateway.org or +1 (866) 251-8618.
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