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Re: New Chair and game plan.

From: Cullen Jennings <fluffy@cisco.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2005 13:52:21 -0700
To: <w3c-dist-auth@w3c.org>
Message-ID: <BED34015.3DB20%fluffy@cisco.com>

Thanks for involving me in this and I'm happy to be helping get this work
finished as I know there are people that want to use the standards we are
defining. I understand how weird it is to have a chair that is not one of
the leading technical experts on the subject but I believe I can help get
the documents from where they are not to being RFCs. I'm sure no one on this
list will be shy about helping me stay on the right path and I'm going to
need the help. Email works, my mobile is +1 408 421 9990, IM is
cullenfluffyjennings@jabber.org or I can provide IM addressed on any of the
other common IM systems.

Let me know what you can contribute to get these documents to RFC. Providing
a careful read of the documents in the upcoming working group last calls and
text on how to fix any issues is always appreciated.

Thanks, Cullen

On 6/13/05 11:40 AM, "Ted Hardie" <hardie@qualcomm.com> wrote:

> Howdy,
> First off, I'd like to thank Lisa and Joe for their service as chairs of
> the working group.  I very much appreciate the time and effort they've
> put in, and I'm glad that they'll be available as working group participants
> full time now.
> During the discussion of the working group's future, several folks active
> in the group volunteered to serve in various capacities; I'd like to thank
> them as well.  At this point in its life cycle, my feeling is that the working
> group has a small enough number of active editors/reviewers/implementors,
> that it makes more sense to concentrate the active members on
> those roles.  For the Chair role, I think the group needs someone who
> has a strong sense of how to manage the IETF process and how to gauge
> consensus within it, but whose technical role is limited to identifying areas
> in the specs where new readers might have difficulty following the
> intent.  This is
> sometimes called a "process chair" or an "outside chair", but I think my
> own mental model is that of a baseball "closer"--a pitcher you bring in
> to handle a small number of outs near the end of the game.  I've
> asked Cullen Jennings, who also serves as Chair for BEHAVE and IPTEL,
> to take on this role, and he's agreed.
> During the discussions with Cullen, one of the most important questions was
> how close to the end of the game we think we are.  Here, I believe Jim
> Whitehead has said it best--the group has a small number of projects that
> can be completed in about a six month time frame.  In order to make that
> more concrete, Cullen and I would like to set forth the following work
> plan:
> 0) The big deliverable is RFC 2518bis, and though this work plan contains
> other deliverables, they can be sacrificed to the independent-submission
> tracks to get 2518bis out.
> 1) Institute clean-slate new WG Last Calls on any drafts that have already
> been
> last called or are otherwise asserted to be done (BIND, QUOTA, REDIRECT).
> 2) Doc bugs in those get fixed immediately, along with any technical
> issues for which
> there is essentially immediate consensus.
> 3) If any big-picture issues arise or technical matters that cannot be
> resolved
> quickly, the doc for which the issue exists will go to the end of the working
> agenda.  It will get further working group attention only when 2518bis is
> out of the WGs hands.
> 4) At the end of the WG Last Calls for these documents, the working group will
> go into a concentrated period of work on 2518bis.   An issues list
> will be maintained
> by Cullen, who is responsible as Chair for calling consensus on when an issue
> has been resolved.  The editors will be expected to make rapid changes in
> response to issues-list decisions.
> 5) The working group will probably not use face-to-face meetings during this
> period, but it may host jabber chats or conference calls for the working group
> or design/editing teams assigned to specific sections.  Those must be minuted
> to the WG and decisions ratified through the normal process.
> The aim is to have the WG enter FIN_WAIT by January of 2006 by having
> all of its
> documents at or through IETF Last Call prior to that point.  I
> believe that is possible,
> with concentration and effort on all of our parts.  I hope you will join me
> both in welcoming Cullen to the team and in committing to the effort that
> this will require.
> regards,
> Ted Hardie
Received on Monday, 13 June 2005 20:52:55 UTC

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