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Progress (or the lack of it), focus (or the lack of it) and time on the calls

From: David Singer <singer@apple.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2020 11:45:34 -0700
Message-id: <92099451-36C0-4164-AB98-764A178B8EC0@apple.com>
To: W3C Process CG <public-w3process@w3.org>
Colleagues

I noticed, and others commented to me, that on the last two calls I dutifully scheduled time for issues/pulls labeled agenda+, which seemed to be ready for consensus: conversation had died down, the actions seemed in accord with comments and input received.

But we then spent most of the call discussing them; I was expecting a few minutes to record ‘yes, we have consensus, go ahead’.

This is frustrating, as we spent all our time on fairly minor issues which we were trying to clean out at the beginning of the process.  I do support ‘weeding the garden’ and trying to reduce our issue backlog. But I am not happy when we do that to the exclusion of progress on priorities.

So, some proposals and requests:

* If you see issues tagged agenda+ or on the agenda, and you are not happy with the state or direction they are going: please say so in the issue, async, and then we’ll probably remove the label and not schedule it at all until we’ve reached consensus

* If discussion erupts over a minor issue, in the calls, I will probably terminate face to face discussion and ask people to take it back to github

* Please try to make progress on the bigger issues too!

* Skim the milestone <https://github.com/w3c/w3process/milestone/6> (38 issues) and see what can be 
 a) easily addressed, 
 b) deferred and removed from the milestone
 c) closed no action
 d) progressed

Thanks

comments welcome

David Singer
Manager, Software Standards, Apple Inc.
Received on Thursday, 27 August 2020 18:45:51 UTC

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