A Proposal to Improve IETF Productivity

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Authors Geoff Huston  , Marshall Rose 
Last updated 2002-10-25
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The IETF standards process must exhibit four qualities (Predictability, Accountability, Competency, and Timeliness), which we term 'the IETF Pact'. Growth in the IETF's size and diversity challenges its ability to make progress in producing useful specifications. This proposal puts forward procedural changes that will improve the IETF PACT, without altering the IETF's philosophy or structure, and without requiring changes to the formal IETF standards process (cf., RFC 2026 [1]).


Geoff Huston (gih@telstra.net)
Marshall Rose (mrose+mtr.mxcomp@dbc.mtview.ca.us)

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