The Other Next Generation Aspect of
John Maxwell, in his best-selling book The 21 Irrefutable Laws of
Leadership, says that the 20th law is The Law of Explosive Growth:
To add growth, lead followers - to multiply, lead leaders. In August 2004
we are seeing the emergence of new leaders in IPv6, in government and
industry, even in the midst of what looks like a very quiet month. We
in the IPv6 community will succeed to the extent that we create and support
successful, flexible leaders. Here are my picks for people worthy of widespread
support. Who would you add to this? Feel free to write and tell me at
firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll summarize
in the Sept. 6Sense.
Dr. Charles (Chuck) Lynch, Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) IPv6 Transition Office and the one of the first (perhaps only) person in the US government funded and authorized to focus on the broader DoD IPv6 transition - and the co-author (with his Eagle Scout son) of the proposal to the Boy Scouts of America to add a merit badge for Internet skill(!).
Dr. Osama Mowafi, CTO of SI International (Nasdaq: SINT), leader of the team that received the first US government contract for IPv6 and, as one of the invisible visionaries of the future transition to ubiquitous IPv6 deployment, one of the few people to have to crunch the numbers on how many trillions of v6 addresses will be needed for all imaginable government and other needs.
John Crain, Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, who will be managing ICANN's upgrading of the root servers for IPv6 over the next six months (I asked if he would do it sooner - he said things were working fine now and it was important not to "tear" anything, and that adding v6 carefully was essential).
Leigh Huang, Program Manager, Program Manager in Windows Networking and Device Technologies Group at Microsoft, who is leading both the internal and external IPv6 initiatives at the company - let's face it - that will have the greatest single impact on the quality, quantity, and velocity of IPv6 implementations related to PC users. As 6Wi-Fi comes to market, Leigh's experience as an 802.11 entrepreneur and her MIT network will also serve her well.
Some of the original IPv6 pioneers are still leading the community into
the future while balancing commercial challenges, while opening the door
for new leaders. Nokia deserves special kudos for supporting highly dedicated
professionals, like IETF IPv6 Working Group co-chair Robert Hinden;
IPv6 ad hoc networking guru Charles Perkins; and mobile phone innovator
and Research Manager John Loughney, all of whom share their hard
won experience with the IPv6 community. Nokia's Head of International
Cooperation, Dr. Mikko Uusitalo is, by stroke of good fortune,
chairman of the World Wireless Research Forum, as well as a supporter
of IPv6 and the only WWRF official to present at an IPv6 Summit.