The Star Spec Lead Program recognizes top Spec Lead performance and rewards exceptional service to the community. Spec Leads' activities are measured around criteria of process and communication with community members. Spec Leads are selected based on nominations from fellow Spec Leads, Expert Group (EG) members, Executive Committee (EC) members, community members and the Program Management Office (the administrator of the program). Star Spec Leads are not born into the role--they grow into it by bringing consistent value to the community, which reflects positively both on the process and on the community as a whole.
Spec Leads are key to the JCP program. Without them, none of the Java Specification Requests (JSRs) would have begun, much less crossed the finish line and become implemented in shipping products. The JCP PMO introduced a Spec Leads incentive program for the first time in 2005. Over the past ten years the program has rewarded and recognized Spec Leads who repeatedly proved their merit by producing high quality specifications, establishing best practices, and mentoring others. The point of such honor is to endorse good work, showcase successful methods for other Spec Leads to emulate, and motivate Java community members to become more involved in JSRs through either the Adopt-a-JSR program, or perhaps, as an Expert Group Member or as Spec Lead of a JSR.
Anatole provided the following comments upon receiving the news that he was selected as Star Spec Lead, "When I was reading the first time that I was selected as Star Spec Lead, I really had to read it twice. I really feel honored, especially as someone outside of the US with a non English maternal language. At the same time, my thanks also goes to so many enthusiastic community members, who supported our JSR during Hackergartens, adopting sessions and giving feedback. And finally a big thanks goes also to my wife, who had to look after my 3 boys during the time I was working on the JSR."
Please join me in congratulating Anatole!