Announcement: December 19, 2005 - REOPENENED Call for Nominations, NomCom05
From: Ralph Droms <firstname.lastname@example.org>
NomCom05 has decided to reopen the call for nominations for the IESG Operations and Management (OAM) Area Director position. While we have a list of well-qualified candidates, to ensure we have exercised due diligence in the selection of the OAM Area Director we will accept additional nominations until 5PM EST on December 23, 2005. Information about the requirements for the OAM Area Director position are attached to this call for nominations.. Note that self-nominations are accepted and encouraged! Please send nominations, including the nominee's name, contact information and nominated position to email@example.com. - Ralph Droms Chair, NomCom05 +++ Under the Nominations Committee procedures defined in RFC 3777, the IESG is responsible for providing a summary of the expertise desired of the candidates selected for open IESG positions. This information is included below, and is suitable for publication to the community, along with the Nomination Committee's request for nominations. We realize that this is a long list of demanding qualifications, and that no one person will be able meet all of the requirements for a specific position. We trust that the NomCom will weigh all of these qualifications and choose IESG members who represent the best possible balance of these qualifications. Generic Requirements: IESG members are the managers of the IETF standards process. This means that they must understand the way the IETF works, be good at working with other people, be able to inspire and encourage other people to work together on a volunteer basis, and have sound technical judgment about IETF technology and its relationship to technology developed elsewhere. ADs select and directly manage the WG chairs, so IESG members should possess sufficient interpersonal and management skills to manage ~15-30 part-time people. Most ADs are also responsible for one or more directorates or review teams. So the ability to identify good leaders and technical experts and recruit them for IETF work is required. Having been a WG chair helps in understanding the WG chair role, and will help in resolving problems and issues that a WG chair may have. In addition, all IESG members should have strong technical expertise that crosses two or three IETF areas. Ideally, an IESG member would have made significant technical contributions in more than one IETF area, preferably authoring documents and/or chairing WGs in more than one area. IESG members are expected to make sure that every document coming before the IESG is properly reviewed. Although IESG members may delegate the actual review to individuals or review teams, the IESG members will need to understand and represent the reviewers' objections or comments. So the ability and willingness to read and understand complex information quickly is another important attribute in an IESG member. (Note that this does not mean that every AD must review every draft personally - but they must be satisfied that adequate review has taken place.) It is helpful for an IESG member to have a good working knowledge of the IETF document process and WG creation and chartering process. This knowledge is most likely to be found in experienced IETF WG chairs, but may also be found in authors of multiple documents. IESG members must also have strong verbal and written communications skills and a proven track record of leading and contributing to the consensus of diverse groups. A few comments on the IESG role: Serving on the IESG requires a substantial time commitment. The basic IESG activities consume between 25 and 40 hours per week (varying by area and by month, with the most time required immediately before IETF meetings). Most IESG members also participate in additional IETF leadership activities, further increasing the time commitment for those individuals. Even if they do not occupy formal liaison positions, ADs may also need to interact with external bodies such as other standards organizations, which may require travel. It is also imperative that IESG members attend all IETF meetings and up to two additional IESG retreats per year. Because of the large time and travel commitments, employer support for a full two year stint is essential for an IESG member. Because of personal impact including awkwardly timed conference calls, an IESG member's family must also be supportive. ----------------------------------------------- Operations & Management Area: The primary technical areas covered by the Operations & Management area include: Network Management, AAA, and various operational issues facing the Internet such as DNS operations, IPv6 operations, Routing operations. Unlike most IETF areas, the Operations & Management area is logically divided into two separate functions: Network Management and Operations. Bert Wijnen is responsible for the Network Management portion of the OPS area, so specific expertise required for the 2005 open position would include a strong understanding of Internet management, including but not limited to SNMP, SMI and Netconf. The Network Management AD is largely responsible for development and direction of Network Management protocols like SNMP, SMI, NetConf, CAPWAP etc. Another important role of the Network Management AD is to identify potential or actual management issues regarding IETF protocols and documents in all areas, and to work with the other areas to resolve those issues. This requires a strong understanding of how new and updated protocols may be monitored and configured. It also requires a strong cross-area understanding of IETF protocol architecture and technologies. The Network Management portion of the OPS area intersects with all areas, specifically in reviewing and assisting with MIB documents. Thus, cross-area expertise in any area would be useful. Security of network management is a particularly current topic.