It turned out that OGC staff and the members of the SWG were open to new ways of working and the SWG achieved an OGC first by putting the GeoPackage specification out on GitHub, to make it accessible to the open source community. The traditional OGC way is wikis and Word docs. For folks without GitHub experience the SWG prepared tips on how to contribute to the GeoPackage specification without having to learn git. For the OGC putting the specification on GitHub was an experiment, which turned out positively. The resulting standard benefitted from the direct involvement of open source geospatial developers in the OGC standards specification processes. The result was an alternative standards process that focused on early implementations of the standard. The standards process itself was improved by reducing the overhead in the formal OGC process.
The OGC is now taken this one step further and is working on a "standards incubator". The goal is to make OGC processes even more nimble and responsive to rapidly evolving technology. The standards incubator is intended to provide a setting for members to build and evaluate innovative draft standards in a process that mimics the usual OGC standards development process, but does not result in an official OGC standard. It is intended to reduce overhead to zero in order to provide a minimalist formal process.