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Network Working Group                                         P. Hoffman
Internet-Draft                                            VPN Consortium
Updates: 6292 (if approved)                               August 5, 2011
Intended status: Informational
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            Requirements for a Working Group Milestones Tool


   The IETF intends to provide a new tool to Working Group chairs and
   Area Directors for the creation and updating of milestones for
   Working Groups.  This document describes the requirements for the
   proposed new tool, and it is intended as input to a later activity
   for the design and development of such a tool.

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   described in the Simplified BSD License.

1.  Introduction

   [RFC2418] describes the guidelines and procedures for operation of
   IETF Working Groups (WGs).  Every WG has milestones that the WG is
   supposed to meet, such as the publication of a particular Internet-
   Draft or the beginning of discussion on a particular topic.  The WG's
   milestones are commonly listed with the WG's charter, although the
   milestones are not formally part of the charter.

   Today, the tasks associated with creating and updating WG milestones
   are performed manually.  Normally, WG chairs send email to their Area
   Director (AD) requesting that milestones be created or updated, or
   saying that one or more milestone has been met.  These messages
   sometimes come as part of charter creation or updating, but are often
   separate (such as if a current milestone is met but there is no
   reason to update the charter itself).  WG chairs sometimes send mail
   directly to the IETF Secretariat to make a change to the database of
   milestones, such as to change the dates for milestones or to say that
   they are completed.

   In early 2011, the IETF approved a set of requirements for a tool
   that helps ADs with the WG chartering and rechartering process
   [RFC6292].  During the IESG discussion of that document, it became
   clear that everyone wanted more automation to the milestones process.
   This document, and the discussion it will hopefully engender, is
   intended to bring that discussion to a general consensus among WG
   chairs and ADs for the requirements for the eventual tool.

   The IAOC would like to create a better tool for the tasks of WG
   milestone creation and updating, and this document lists the
   requirements for such a tool.  When complete, this document may be
   used to issue an RFP for the design and development of the tool.
   This document was prepared at the request of the IAOC.

2.  Users of the Tool

   This tool can only be used by WG chairs and ADs, not by other members
   of the IETF community.  The tool will use the login and access
   control features that will already be in place from the outcome of
   the tool created by [RFC6292].  It is important to note that some
   people are chairs for more than one WG, and everyone must be able to
   use the tool for all of the WGs that they chair.

   Any AD can add or update any milestone for any WG.  Normally, an AD

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   would only add or update milestones in the WGs for which they are the
   responsible AD, but ADs are not bound by such a limitation.  WG
   chairs can only add or update milestones for WGs of which they are

   The IETF Secretariat needs to be able to perform the same tasks as
   the WG chairs and ADs in order to fix problems or to make emergency

   The database will record the date and person who initiates any
   addition of, or change to, a milestone.  The contents of the database
   will be visible to the IETF community so that anyone can see who made
   a particular change to a milestone.

3.  Updating, Adding, and Deleting Milestones

   A WG chair needs to see all of the milestones for that chair's WG in
   the tool.  The chair needs to be able to edit any milestone record
   for that chair's WG.  In each existing record, the chair needs to be
   able to edit the due date, the finished date, the associated
   Internet-Drafts, and the description of the milestone.  The chair
   also needs to be able to delete existing milestones.

   A WG chair needs to be able to add one or more milestone records to
   the database for their WG.  The chair needs to be able to specify the
   due date, zero or more associated Internet-Drafts, and the
   description of the record that he or she is adding.  A WG chair also
   needs to be able to delete one or more existing milestones.

4.  Acceptance of Milestone Additions and Changes

   There are six actions associated with adding and changing milestones:

   o  create new milestones

   o  delete milestones

   o  change milestone descriptions

   o  change milestone due dates

   o  change which Internet-Drafts are associated with a milestone

   o  assert that a milestone is completed

   WG chairs can change milestone due dates, change which Internet-

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   Drafts are associated with a milestone, and can assert that a
   milestone is completed, for their WG.  When any of these three
   actions are taken in the Datatracker, an email notification is sent
   to the AD for the WG as well as to the WG's chairs; the changes are
   reflected immediately in the Datatracker without any need for
   approval from an AD.

   WG chairs can also create new milestones, delete milestones, and
   change milestone descriptions; however, any of these action are not
   reflected in the Datatracker until the action is approved by an AD.
   When a WG chair makes the proposed change, an email notification is
   sent to the AD for the WG as well as to the WG's chairs.

   As noted in Section 2, any AD can take any of these six actions.

   When adding or editing a milestone, the AD or WG Chair must be able
   to review and change the proposed change before committing the change
   to the Datatracker.  This will help prevent errors and reduce the
   number of fixes that need to be made.

   Once a day, the Datatracker will look for changes to the milestones
   for a WG.  If changes to milestones have been made in the past 24
   hours, the Datatracker will send one message to the WG listing all
   the changes from that period. [[ NOTE: at the Quebec meeting, there
   was a discussion about this requirement.  One proposal was that each
   change would be sent to the WG mailing list, but there was a concern
   that the mailing lists would get cluttered if a chair was making a
   bunch of changes at once.  Some WG chairs wanted to be able to
   suppress the message so that they could send a message themselves
   saying what was updated.  Other WG chairs wanted the messages to be
   batched, such as once a day.  Comments about this are solicited. ]]

   After this tool is launched, the IETF Secretariat will no longer need
   to post a change to the database: the tool will do this without
   intervention by the Secretariat.

5.  Mapping Milestones to Internet-Drafts

   There is currently no requirement how WG milestones map to Internet-
   Drafts.  While most milestones map one-to-one with Internet-Drafts,
   some milestones do not map to any Internet-Draft (such as those that
   say when a general discussion will begin or finish), and other
   milestones map to multiple Internet-Drafts (such as a milestone that
   covers a topic that has multiple related Internet-Drafts).  Some
   Internet-Drafts are part of more than one milestone.

   The new tool is required to make mappings between milestones and

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   Internet-Drafts explicit, and those drafts must be listed in views of
   the milestone.  This change will require a change to the Datatracker
   database to make such an association.

   When an Internet-Draft that is mapped to a milestone changes its
   state to "Submitted to IESG for Publication" as described in
   [RFC6174], the tool will send a message to the WG chairs to remind
   them that they might want to update the milestone.  Note that this
   message will not apply to all Internet-Drafts that are mapped to a
   milestone, so it is up to the WG chairs to decide what to do when
   such a message is received.

6.  Reminders for WG Chairs and ADs

   Milestone changes that do not require AD approval are made
   immediately.  Requested changes that require AD approval are tracked
   by the tool.  If the AD has not approved or rejected the change
   within a week, email listing the request and the request date is sent
   to the WG chairs and AD.  That email is sent every week until the AD
   has approved or rejected the request.

   The tool will also send WG chairs reminders about pending milestones.
   A message is sent when a milestone is one month from being due, at
   the time a milestone is due, and every month in which a milestone is

   The tool will also send WG chairs reminders about Internet-Drafts
   that are mapped to milestones.  A message is sent when such a draft
   is one month from expiring, and at the time that a draft expires.  If
   a milestone is mapped to a draft that is expired, mail reminding the
   chairs of this will be sent weekly.

   When a WG chair makes an Internet-Draft a WG work item, the
   Datatracker will remind them that they may want to also add that
   document to a milestone.

7.  Viewing Changes in Milestones

   Section 5 of [RFC6292] describes an extension to the Datatracker to
   allow the IETF community to view, search, and track changes to WG
   charters.  This document updates those requirements to allow the IETF
   community to view, search, and track changes to WG milestones.

   Section 5.1 of [RFC6292] is updated to allow searching for any text
   in a milestone's description, as well as for the name of any
   Internet-Draft name that is mapped to any milestone.

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   A new capability will be added to the Datatracker that is similar to
   that described in Section 5.2 of [RFC6292], but instead of showing
   differences between charters, it shows differences between the full
   set of milestones.  Any time a milestone is added, deleted, or any of
   its fields changed, the full set of milestones is considered changed.
   Someone should be able to easily compare two full sets of milestones.
   They should also be able to see two more full sets of milestones with
   the differences highlighted.  The tool should show who made each
   change when changes are viewed.  These features should be found in
   the same place as the features described in Section 5.2 of [RFC6292].

   The tool needs to provide an Atom feed [RFC4287] for the changes in
   the milestones for a WG.  The contents of the feed are the full WG
   record, plus an indication of what changed since the last entry in
   the feed and who made the change.  This feed is different than the
   feed described in Section 5.3 of [RFC6292], but it should be offered
   to users in the same places as that feed is offered.

8.  IANA Considerations

   None. [[ ...and thus this section can be removed before publication
   as an RFC... ]]

9.  Security Considerations

   Creating a new tool for updating the milestones of WGs does not
   affect the security of the Internet in any significant fashion.

10.  Acknowledgements

   This document draws heavily on ideas from various WG chairs and ADs
   on the wgchairs@ietf.org mailing list.

11.  References

11.1.  Normative References

   [RFC2418]  Bradner, S., "IETF Working Group Guidelines and
              Procedures", BCP 25, RFC 2418, September 1998.

   [RFC6174]  Juskevicius, E., "Definition of IETF Working Group
              Document States", RFC 6174, March 2011.

   [RFC6292]  Hoffman, P., "Requirements for a Working Group Charter

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              Tool", RFC 6292, June 2011.

11.2.  Informative References

   [RFC4287]  Nottingham, M., Ed. and R. Sayre, Ed., "The Atom
              Syndication Format", RFC 4287, December 2005.

Appendix A.  Earlier Proposals

   The first few drafts of this document had a different model for
   approval of milestone additions and changes.  Those drafts said "The
   responsible AD for a WG can specify whether any of the following
   actions can be made without the AD approval for milestones associated
   with the WG: create new milestones, delete milestones, change
   milestone descriptions, change milestone due dates, change which
   Internet-Drafts are associated with a milestone, assert that a
   milestone is completed."  In addition, the earlier drafts said that
   the default settings when the featured would have been launched would
   be that all actions other than changing due dates and asserting
   completion require AD approval.

   The current draft has quite a different mechanism described in
   Section 4.

   Also, some participants in the early discussion felt that the new
   tool should have a mode where milestones whose essence is that a
   particular draft is sent to the IESG is automatically marked as
   complete when the draft's state is that it has gone to IETF
   consideration.  However, there was a fair amount of disagrement about
   the need for such a mode and whether it would end up restricting
   actions that should remain flexible.

Author's Address

   Paul Hoffman
   VPN Consortium

   Email: paul.hoffman@vpnc.org

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