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Re: Request for agenda item on project planning and operating model

From: Shawn Lauriat <lauriat@google.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 17:39:15 -0500
Message-ID: <CAGQw2hk_rfDHQXvQXKrNsP4F12+waGHHKMbCp3=Hoxtvy-0Caw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Sarah Horton <shorton@paciellogroup.com>
Cc: Silver Task Force <public-silver@w3.org>
Sarah,

Added! Definitely want to make sure to keep us all on the same page.
Looking forward to chatting tomorrow morning.

Regards,

Shawn

On Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 6:00 AM, Sarah Horton <shorton@paciellogroup.com>
wrote:

> Silver team, I would like to see “project planning and taskforce operating
> model” as an item on our agenda for Tuesday.
>
> When working on the Silver Design Plan [1] my expectation was that we
> would treat Silver as a product development project, with tasks and
> milestones. I expected a collaborative operating model, with taskforce
> members and partners having clear roles and responsibilities for different
> tasks and milestones. In other words, we would create Silver as a product,
> following a product development methodology, with project planning and a
> product development team.
>
> My impression so far is that we are following a more standard working
> group model, with some long-term planning, tasks (actions) defined and
> assigned at weekly meetings, and minimal delegation of responsibilities
> among task force members and partners.
>
> If we continue to use the current project planning and operating model I
> am concerned that we may have chosen the wrong process to follow for
> Silver. A design-driven process with multiple activities and lots of
> collaboration needs detailed planning and a coordinated team
> effort—especially one like Silver, that does not have a dedicated product
> development team.
>
> I raised the topic of “roles and responsibilities” several times at our
> face-to-face meeting, but my impression is that my concerns are not shared
> with others on the taskforce. I was reassured that the process might be
> different from what I was accustomed to as someone relatively new to W3C
> activities, but that it would be effective in making progress.
>
> As someone who was closely involved with creating the Silver Design Plan,
> I wanted to be sure those involved and affected are aware that I am not
> confident we can achieve the objectives of the Silver Design Plan without a
> plan and operating model that looks more like one used in product
> development. I believe we can make progress with the current operating
> model, but we might want to revisit the plan and scale back on some of the
> activities if we continue using this model.
>
> Thanks,
> Sarah
>
> [1] https://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/task-forces/silver/wiki/
> Design_Plan_for_Silver
>
>
> Sarah Horton
> UX Strategy Lead
> The Paciello Group
> 603 252-6052 mobile
>
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