Announcement of COACHES BOF

john.loughney at john.loughney at
Thu Jun 12 17:26:38 CEST 2003

Hello all,

I would like to announce a BOF which we are trying to get time for in Vienna.  We have a mailing list & we respectfully ask for people to join to discuss this further.  We are working on an agenda, which, when it is more firm, we will send along.

John & Bernard

BOF NAME & ACRONYM: Comprehensive apprOACH to quality (COACH)
AREA:               General
BOF CHAIR(S):       Bernard Aboba, John Loughney

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This BOF will focus on proposals for quality improvement within the IETF process, and determine if there is enough substance to work on a framework within which these proposals are evaluated. The outcome of the BOF will be to determine how best to proceed with these issues in the IETF.

There are concerns about the quality and timeliness of IETF output. These problems are enumerated in the IETF Problem Statement, currently under development in the Problem Statement Working Group. The current IETF Problem Resolution Process document suggests that a Working Group be formed to improve the quality processes, including review processes, used by IETF Working Groups.

The goals of this BOF will be to determine a basic approach that the IETF could take to WG process improvement, examine some of the documented proposal for process improvement, and determine if there is enough interest and content to warrant the creation of a WG to improve the quality processes used by Working Groups.

One goal is to write one or more documents on aspects of a WG quality plan.  For example, a document on tracking tools - what's available, and more importantly, how to use them to improve quality.  Another document on reviews - how they might be conducted, the rules for reviewing, choosing reviewers, etc.  The benefit of this is that it while it requires Working Groups to think about the issue, it doesn't require that all working groups come up with the same plan.


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