What is ISO 50500?
The standard covers innovation management systems, it is essentially a guide to good practices to encourage innovation systematically so that organisations can innovate repeatably and effectively.
How can a standard help you innovate? Well here’s a few reasons to be going on with:
Acronym buster: TC279
Created in 2013, ISO/TC 279 is a technical committee of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The scope of ISO TC 279 is "Standardization of terminology tools and methods and interactions between relevant parties to enable innovation". Standards published will be ISO 5050x series.
During the drafting phase there isn’t necessarily a huge amount of detail publically available, check out the wiki page and the more formal ISO committee summary, detailing the 35 countries actively participating in the drafting processand how you can get involved.
However in Europe we are in the fortunate position of having a CEN specification (link is to a youtube video filmed during its launch in Ireland) to refer to in the meantime. Its purpose is to develop, maintain and promote standards in the fields of innovation management.
The Technical Committee Process
The first plenary meeting of ISO TC 279 was held in Paris on 4th to 5th December 2013, followed by plenary meetings in Buenos Aires and Dublin, whilst the 4th Plenary was held in Beijing in September 2016, organized by SAC, hosted by the China Knowledge Management Standardization Committee.
The working groups (the link is to a YouTube video where each of the conveners explains what their groups do) that make up the Committee will meet firstly in Madrid in April 2017 with a further plenary in the autumn of 2017. Watch this space for further blogs on progress.