[rfc-i] Developing consensus, episode 2: Expected hours of work for the RSE
sm at resistor.net
Fri Feb 4 16:06:02 PST 2011
At 10:20 03-02-11, Paul Hoffman wrote:
> Expected major projects, each taking 60 hours of dedicated time,
> two per year: 120 hr/year, or 10 hr/month
> Passive following of rfc-interest, ietf-general: 5 hr/month
> Lightweight following of interactions between authors
> and the Production Center: 8 hr/month
You listed 5 hours/month for passive following of the rfc-interest
and ietf-general mailing lists which is approximately 10 minutes a
day. The rfc-interest mailing list is generally low volume except
for the current round of discussions or the recurrent topics. I
would not consider the ietf-general mailing list as low volume
especially if someone finds a horse to flog. Ten minutes is quite
short if someone has to figure out which are the dead horses. There
are some other IETF mailing lists that the TSRE follows.
In my uninformed opinion, understanding the community requires more
than a passive following. I don't know the amount of work Olaf did
but getting to episode 2 does not look like a walk in the park.
The lightweight following of interactions between authors and the
Production Center is estimated at 24 minutes a day. I'll leave it to
the TSRE to comment on whether that estimate is correct.
>Total: ~59 hr/month, or ~15 hr/week
>There will certainly need to be extra learning time in the first six
>months, as well as additional time for smaller spontaneous projects.
>Adding a generous 33% more hours, for a total of 20 hr/week, should
>be plenty for both the short term (learning but few spontaneous
>projects) and the long term.
Let's see what can happen after 20 hours a week. The person can
either clock out or else spend the extra hours working for free. Any
work that involves a community takes time. Sometimes the larger part
of the effort is not about getting actual work done. There are times
when it can even be considered as unproductive if the person holding
the purse requires justification. You have been around long enough
to know how to fit the job within the expected hours. That may not
work out so well for someone "new".
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