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        Pilot: Working Group Chair Followup of DISCUSS Comments
            <draft-ietf-proto-wgchair-discuss-pilot-01.txt>


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                                Abstract


   As of this writing, many efforts aimed at streamlining various IETF
   processes are underway. One such effort is the Process and Tools, or
   PROTO Team. The PROTO Team is an IESG-driven activity focused  on
   improving the work flow of approval of documents, and the tools that
   support this work flow. This document describes a pilot process
   designed by the PROTO Team to streamline document flow by allowing
   working group chairs to coordinate the resolution IESG DISCUSS
   comments.








































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                           Table of Contents


   1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   2. Pilot Description. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   3. Definitions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
    3.1. Shepherding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
    3.2. Shepherding Working Group Chair (SWGC). . . . . . . . . . .   4
    3.3. Pilot Internet Draft (PID). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   4. Participants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   5. Duration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   6. Pilot Process -- Details . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   7. Pilot Termination and Evaluation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   8. Contributors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   9. Acknowledgments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   10. Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   11. IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   12. References. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
    12.1. Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
    12.2. Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   13. Author's Address. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   14. Full Copyright Statement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   15. Intellectual Property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   16. Acknowledgement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11



























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1.  Introduction


   As part of the ongoing effort to streamline various IETF processes,
   the PROTO team [PROTO] has designed a set of pilot projects to test
   possible changes to current document flow processing.  This document
   describes a pilot project designed to allow working group chairs to
   follow up on IESG DISCUSS [IDTRACKER] comments, and thereby offload
   that function from shepherding Area Director (AD) and improve process
   efficiency.  Finally, [KLENSIN] describes the rationale for
   supporting piloting of process changes.



2.  Pilot Description


   This pilot is designed to allow a working group chair to follow up on
   and resolve the DISCUSS comments for a given internet draft, and by
   doing so increase the efficiency of the IETF document process flow.
   The next section defines the terminology used throughout the
   document, and remainder of the document describes the details of the
   pilot.



3.  Definitions

3.1.  Shepherding


   [MANKIN] defines the basic concept of document shepherding as

      "...a single person (an AD currently) to take responsibility
      for a document from the time the WG Chair(s) requests the IESG
      to publish it to the time that it is given final edits by the
      RFC Editor. The motivation is for the shepherd to provide
      needed coordination."



3.2.  Shepherding Working Group Chair (SWGC)


   The Shepherding Working Group Chair, or SWGC, is a working group



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   chair that has been selected by the appropriate AD(s) to participate
   in the pilot described in this document.



3.3.  Pilot Internet Draft (PID)


   The Pilot Internet Draft, or PID, is an Internet draft which a
   shepherding working group chair takes through the post-working group
   last call stages of the approval and publication process.  The
   approval of the responsible Area Director is necessary to make an
   Internet draft part of the pilot.



4.  Participants


   TBD



5.  Duration


   TBD




6.  Pilot Process -- Details



   In this section we detail the steps that a SWGC will take in
   resolving the DISCUSS items against a given PID. The steps are given
   below, in the order that they are to be executed.

    (i).   Immediately after the weekly IESG conference call, the
           SWGC queries the ID tracker [IDTRACKER] to collect any
           DISCUSS comments raised against the PID.









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           Notes:

           (i).    The ID tracker is capable of sending email on
                   change of state. For the duration of the pilot,
                   it would be desirable for the tracker to send
                   email to the SWGC when the PID changes state to
                   the AD Followup, Revised ID Need, or Do Not
                   Publish states. If this is not possible, the SWGC
                   will have to query the tracker to determine if
                   there are DISCUSS comments.

           (ii).   It may take a couple of days after the conference
                   call to get all the ADs to insert their comments
                   in the tracker. It is advised to check multiple
                   times if new comments have been added, unless all
                   the ADs have already registered their position
                   and comment(s).

    (ii).  The SWGC analyzes comments from the tracker, and
           initializes contact with any AD's who have placed
        comments (blocking or non-blocking) on a draft, notifying
           them that the SWGC is the current document shepherd and
           seeking any additional clarification necessary to
           understand the comment. Note that the responsible AD must
           copied on this correspondence.

           +------+  Comments     +--------+  Comments      +-------+
           | (i)  |-------------> |  (ii)  | -------------> | (iii) |
           +------+  Collected    +--------+  Understood    +-------+
                                   /|\   |
                                    |    | Comments not fully understood
                                    |    | (Further AD/SWGC Discussion Required)
                                    +----+

    (iii). The SWGC then coordinates DISCUSS comments, and builds a
           a consistent interpretation the comments. This step may
           required iteration with step (ii). above. That is:


           +------+   Consistent     +-------+
           | (ii) |----------------> | (iii) |
           +------+ Interpretation   +-------+
             /|\                         |
              |                          | Further AD/SWGC Discussion
              |                          | Required
              +--------------------------+





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    (iv).  The DISCUSS comments are then communicated to the working
           group.

    (v).   After the author(s) resolve the issues provided by the
           chair (the distilled DISCUSS issues), the SWGC reviews
           the updated document to ensure that (in her/his option)
           the DISCUSS issues have been resolved.

           Note that the SWGC may also propose resolutions to these
           issues, file them in an issue tracker, or do other steps
           to streamline the resolution of the comments.


    (vi).  Finally, the SWGC prepares a summary of the resolution
           including new document text and notifies the responsible
           AD that the PID is ready to be reconsidered by the IESG.




7.  Pilot Termination and Evaluation


   TBD



8.  Contributors


   TBD



9.  Acknowledgments


   Aaron Falk and Pekka Savola made many insightful comments on early
   versions of this document.












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10.  Security Considerations


   This document specifies neither a protocol nor an operational
   practice, and as such, it creates no new security considerations.



11.  IANA Considerations


   This document creates a no new requirements on IANA namespaces
   [RFC2434].






































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12.  References



12.1.  Normative References


   [IDTRACKER]     https://datatracker.ietf.org

   [MANKIN]        Mankin, A., "A Not So Wild Sheep Chase -
                   Definition of Shepherding",
                   draft-ietf-proto-shepherding-00.txt. Work in
                   Progress.

   [RFC2026]       Bradner, S., "The Internet Standards Process --
                   Revision 3", RFC 2026/BCP 9, October, 1996.



12.2.  Informative References


   [KLENSIN]       Klensin, J. and S. Dawkins, "A model for IETF
                   Process Experiments", draft-klensin-process-july14-01.txt.
                   Work in progress.

   [PROTO]         http://psg.com/~mrw/PROTO-Team

   [RFC2434]       Narten, T., and H. Alvestrand, "Guidelines for
                   Writing an IANA Considerations Section in RFCs",
                   RFC 2434/BCP 26, October 1998.




















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13.  Author's Address


   D. Meyer
   Email: dmm@1-4-5.net


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   Funding for the RFC Editor function is currently provided by the
   Internet Society.





























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