[council] Council Staff Admin Call - Agenda

Grant FORSYTH Grant.Forsyth at team.telstraclear.co.nz
Mon Sep 5 21:54:58 UTC 2005

Fellow Councillors
Below is a draft agenda and other notes for those wishing to join the
Council-Staff Admin call

Timing of Call
21.00 UTC Tuesday 6 September (Glen has sent out the meeting notice and
please confirm your intention to join the call if you plan to do so).

Duration: 1.0 - 1.5 hours

Proposed agenda
1. General discussion and agreement as to more effective working
relationship with staff

2. Staff reporting to, and papers for, monthly Council meeting.
- agenda (time boxed?)
- work plan (Maria's table)
- report from each task force/working group
- papers for each item on the agenda

3. Framework for the development and maintenance of a Council work plan- 4m
1 & 3yr (see Maria's contribution)

4 . Production of comprehensive  project reporting   [see Alick's

5 . Review of staff roles, relationships  and time availability 
6 . Establishment of staff staff SLA  (Recommendation 10  from GNSO Council

7. Question of "posting protocol" to the Council list of information
specific to a current task force work (see Marilyn's email discussion with

8. ??


My thinking for the first call is to agree the scope and make sure that
people understand and agree the context within which pieces of work fit - eg
a) the need for improved/comprehensive reporting/papers for Council call, b)
the benefit of having a work plan (past, current (4m), immediate (1yr) and
longer term (3yr)) - that also forms part of the regular reporting.

And then to identify some immediate improvements/deliverables that can be
delivered and also some things (such as the workplan - working from Maria's
recent contribution) that we should at least start (I talk about a
framework) so that there is something for Council to reflect on and
contribute to by and at Vancouver.

So - all over lightly, then a couple of quick wins, and others left to
future calls to flesh out.

Contribution (5 & 6 on Agenda, from Olof)

The GNSO has a staff manager, Maria, and a secretary, Glen, as guaranteed
support, in conformity with the Bylaws Art X sect 4. Depending on the
foreseen workload, further staff resources can be allocated, as part of
tasking agreed between ICANN management and the GNSO Chair. We certainly
strive to accommodate the needs of the GNSO in a timely and flexible manner
and to assign extra resources on a task by task basis, with clear
responsibilities for each individual to act as owner of the respective issue
from the staff side. Just to mention some examples, we have realized that
more resources were needed for the preparation of the "GNSO Review", handled
by Liz from the staff side, and for "registry services changes PDP" and "new
TLDs", with me taking on those from the staff side. Furthermore, just to
make it clear, both I, as acting head of the policy development team, and
Liz, as contracted, do have other responsibilities to fulfil, outside the
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Regarding the recommendation to establish an SLA - I take that in a
figurative sense, as a way to synchronize expectations, rather than to
establish an <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns =
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frequently and formally used in contractual relationships. I suppose areas
where such synchronization of expectations is desirable may cover staff
attendance to meetings, conference call arrangements, drafting of minutes,
responses to requests etc., and I suggest that we start by bringing up such
expectations for discussion under item 6 (while also realizing that some may
flow from item 1 and others).

I look forward to being joined by other Councillors on the call, and please
feel free to post any contributions to Olof and I (rather than the Council
list as this is becoming quite crowded) prior to the call.


Grant Forsyth
Manager Industry & Regulatory Affairs
Cnr Taharoto & Northcote Roads
Private Bag 92143
ph +64 9 912 5759
fx + 64 9 912 4077
Mb 029 912 5759

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