[rfc-i] brief summary of the TRSE recommendations and motivations for today's IAB meeting
glenn at riveronce.com
Wed Jan 5 09:01:12 PST 2011
I prepared this very brief summary of the TRSE recommendations and
motivations with input from Olaf Kolkman to help you decide about the
future of the Editor and the RSE. I hope you find it useful.
The recommended changes to RFC 5620 are small but have substantive
1) Scope of RFC Series Editor extended to cover the entire Editor
- RSE responsible to community, has authority to get results, and
- delegation of production to contractors continues unchanged.
(Note: RSE 'responsibility' in managerial sense: RSE ensures
work is done and well, but doesn't do the work himself.)
Motivation: maintain harmony ("big picture") across: editorial policy,
defined procedures, ongoing operations and performance, and
character of series. Continuing contractor delegation enables
correct focus by all RFC Editor parts.
2) Long-term planning and evaluation done jointly with IAOC
- esp. new bids (esp. SOW preparation) and their evaluation, and
- "tie breaker" role by IAB, but only when unavoidable.
Motivation: ensures proper application of different expertise by RSE
and IAOC; aligns planning and operational responsibility; critical to
attracting and retaining a qualified RSE.
3) Enhanced oversight provided by RFC Editor Oversight Committee (REOC):
- "advise and consent" support for RSE,
- REOC members have documentation background, expertise.
- authority delegated by IAB, chartered responsibilities continue
Motivation: ensures community leadership; permits focus, sufficient
time and attention, applied expertise; ensures proper IAB leadership
4) RSE skills and prior experience requirements a function of (1) above.
Expertise in, and management experience with:
- technical writing,
- technical publications, and
- technical series development (evolution)
Motivation: mirrors three major areas of activity where RSE expertise
is required and cannot be easily acquired on the job.
Other considerations -- hiring process, transition, RSE orientation -- follow
from decisions about the future RSE.
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