Re: Consultation on *revised* IETF LLC Draft Strategic Plan 2020

Eric Rescorla <ekr@rtfm.com> Wed, 03 June 2020 17:20 UTC

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From: Eric Rescorla <ekr@rtfm.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Jun 2020 10:19:52 -0700
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Subject: Re: Consultation on *revised* IETF LLC Draft Strategic Plan 2020
To: Stephen Farrell <stephen.farrell@cs.tcd.ie>
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On Wed, Jun 3, 2020 at 7:27 AM Stephen Farrell <stephen.farrell@cs.tcd.ie>
wrote

>
> - I can't see how all the stuff about "participant journey"
> isn't either waffle or over-reach, e.g. if "Fully documented
> participant journey" meant that the someone thinks IETFers are
> going to only follow paths set-out in such a document, that's
> silly and over-reach. If it doesn't mean that then what's it
> for? I suggest removing the term and replacing each occurrence
> with whatever is really meant in each case (or with nothing).
> (And then re-reviewing.)
>

I also was somewhat put off by this text (though perhaps less because
"User Journey" is relatively common industry jargon).

It seems to me that in this case, however, the province of the LLC is
to ensure that the common tasks that participants need to do
(register for IETF, get the calendar, read drafts, author drafts, etc.)
are clearly documented and streamline. However, I don't think it;s
that helpful to try to get more macro than that.


- Saying "LLC strategy closely aligned with the strategic
> objectives of IESG, IRSG and IAB" still indicates a fundamental
> misunderstanding IMO. Those bodies cannot, collectively, have
> an agreed set of such "strategic objectives" at any given
> moment in the sense meant here. ISTM that baking that error
> into the LLC's strategy is likely to lead to over-reach as
> the LLC "extrapolates" from something that can never exist.
> I'd suggest just deleting the offending statements would be
> best.
>

This I don't agree on. Although the precise composition of the I*
changes, my experience is that there actually is a fair amount of
strategic continuity (for instance, it's not like when new ADs come
in they just shut down all the work their predecessors approved).
I think that this text is appropriate and should stay.

-Ekr

Cheers,
> S.
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> On 03/06/2020 04:04, IETFExecutive Director wrote:
> > The IETF Administration LLC began a consultation on its Draft
> > Strategic Plan 2020 [1] on 4 May 2020 and in response to the issues
> > raised so far [2], has developed a revised draft [3] with some
> > substantial changes.  Consultation on this revised draft will
> > continue until Monday 15 June 2020 and may be extended longer if
> > required.
> >
> > The strategic plan is made up of the following elements, all of which
> > are being presented for comment:
> >
> > 1. Linkages.  The organisations and communities that the IETF LLC is
> > linked to and how that linkage is the top-level driver of the IETF
> > LLC strategy. 2. Mission.  This is a literal definition of what the
> > IETF LLC does.  The mission rarely changes in the lifetime of the
> > company. 3. Values.  These define how the company behaves as it
> > follows its mission. These may change over time to reflect broader
> > social changes. 4. Strategic Goals.  The highest priority goals of
> > the IETF LLC.  These may be short-, medium- or long-term goals or a
> > mix.  These are the big picture of what the IETF LLC is aiming to do
> > in the next 3-5 years and so are the key setting that the board
> > expects the company to follow. 5. Strategic Transformations.  These
> > detail the changes that need to be made in order to achieve the
> > strategic goals.   Each transformation details the current state and
> > the desired state to transform into. These transformations should be
> > achievable within 1-3 years.
> >
> > If you have any comments or questions then you can submit those by
> > any of the following methods:
> >
> > * Raising an issue on the Github repository * Direct to me at
> > exec-director@ietf.org * Direct to the IETF LLC Board (not including
> > me) at llc-board-only@ietf.org * To the ietf@ietf.org list
> >
> > Please rememeber to comment on the revised draft [3] not the
> > original.
> >
> > [1]
> >
> https://github.com/ietf-llc/strategy-2020-consultation/blob/master/DRAFT%20Strategic%20Plan%202020.md
> >
> >
> [2]  https://github.com/ietf-llc/strategy-2020-consultation/issues
> > [3]
> >
> https://github.com/ietf-llc/strategy-2020-consultation/blob/latest-updates-from-consultation/DRAFT%20Strategic%20Plan%202020.md
> >
>