[CWG-Stewardship] CWG Timetable - Best Case Estimate

Jonathan Robinson jrobinson at afilias.info
Fri Jan 30 13:26:36 UTC 2015

Dear Alissa, ICG Vice Chairs & Colleages,

Thank-you for this note. We are pleased to be able to now respond in some
more detail.

Following our collective recognition that the CWG would not be able to
respond with a proposal in time to meet the original planned submission of
31 January 2015, we have continued to work hard at making progress. This has
involved many areas of concurrent work including re-evaluating the work
required to complete a proposal and seeking to clearly understand the key
dependencies. In this regard, we would like to draw your attention to a
three key points:

1. The number and diversity of participants in the CWG's work necessarily
mean that it is time-consuming and complex to take account of these inputs.
2. The number of dependencies which impact the timeline of the CWG's work,
not all of which can be effectively or completely managed by ourselves.
3. The inter-relationship with the work of the CCWG on Accountability and
the necessary inter-dependence of the work of the CWG and the CCWG.

Recognising the above, we have constructed a timeline which seeks to provide
a Best Case for the production of a proposal from the CWG. This Best Case
seeks to predict the path to production of a final proposal which can be
signed off by the chartering organisations and moreover, is correlated with
the work of the CCWG on Accountability. This Best Case is includes key areas
of work (separated into specific work streams), the use of high intensity
periods of work and the potential use of an in person / face-to-face meeting
of the CWG. It also highlights where there are key risks to the timetable
and the consequent target date. These risks are represented by triangles on
the diagram. They include but are not limited to:

A. Lack of consensus within the CWG around a specific proposal
B. Issues around the duration to acquire legal advice or the specific
content of any such advice
B. The willingness or ability of the chartering organisations to support the
outcome of the work of the CWG

Rest assured, we have every intention of producing a proposal, which has the
support of the CWG members and the chartering organisations, in a timely
fashion and will make best efforts to do so. However, we feel strongly that
we need to set expectations about the current timetable and the implicit
target it contains in that it contains identified risks and therefore may
not be achievable. 

We trust that this is an effective update and are committed to continuing to
work towards a well-supported proposal as well as to keeping you informed of
and engaged in our progress to that end.

Thank-you for your active involvement and appreciation of our task.


Jonathan Robinson & Lise Fuhr

Attachment: An representation of the Best Case timetable of work for the CWG
correlated with our current understanding of the work of the CWG and with
the current timetable of the ICG

-----Original Message-----
From: Alissa Cooper [mailto:alissa at cooperw.in] 
Sent: 16 January 2015 23:16
To: cwg-stewardship at icann.org
Subject: [CWG-Stewardship] Request from ICG

Dear CWG,
The ICG has been following the developments in all of the operational
communities, including the naming community. We have noted some discussions
about the possibility that the CWG might require additional time to complete
its response to the ICG RFP beyond its original planned submission date of
30 January 2015. In this regard, the ICG would appreciate receiving the
CWG's estimated revised completion date, taking into account appropriate
time for community consultation. Please communicate this to the ICG as soon
as possible but not later than 31 January 2015. It would also be helpful for
you to indicate what you expect the CWG’s major challenges to be to complete
your work in a timely fashion and whether ICG coordination can be of

We appreciate the CWG’s continued diligence in working towards target
completion dates and we expect to stay in close contact concerning the
group’s progress until its work is complete.

Alissa Cooper on behalf of the ICG
CWG-Stewardship mailing list
CWG-Stewardship at icann.org
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