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Formation of the Process and Tools (PROTO) Team
- To: IETF-Announce: ;
- Subject: Formation of the Process and Tools (PROTO) Team
- From: The IESG <iesg@xxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2004 13:58:03 -0500
- Delivery-date: Thu, 15 Jan 2004 21:06:26 +0200
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The Process and Tools (PROTO) Team has been formed. It is
an IESG-driven activity focused on improving the work flow
(e.g. speed) of approval of documents, and the tools that
support this work flow. The PROTO team will advise the IESG on how
to improve the scalability, openness and overall effectiveness of
the document procedures and tools.
Bill Fenner (IESG)
Barbara Fuller (IETF Secretariat)
Allison Mankin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Margaret Wasserman <email@example.com>
Team members were selected from community volunteers by the team leaders.
PROTO Team: firstname.lastname@example.org
The IESG has asked the PROTO team as its first task to consider
what procedures and tools will allow WG Chairs to shepherd
documents throughout the later stages of the document handling
process. At present, WG Chairs shepherd the earlier lifecycle of
documents in the WGs after IESG approval of document milestones. The
IESG believes that the experiment to allow WG Chairs to shepherd
documents after the AD has approved the IETF Last Call as well (when
currently the AD takes over) will have several benefits, including:
- WGs could have increased visibility and control of
their documents in the later stages.
- Documents could make it through the approval process
The speedup could come because of distribution of the shepherding
effort amongst a larger group of people, alleviating overloading and
some bottlenecks. The speedup could also come because of natural
prioritization of the shepherded document in the WG's task set.
The PROTO team will publish a document describing more detailed plans,
and will provide experiment reports for the community's interest and
review on a monthly basis. The goal of the PROTO team is to accomplish
results from this shepherding experiment by the San Diego IETF meeting.