Re: on expanding the TSC


Jon Geater
 

When I was on the board of GlobalPlatform (and coincidentally very active in OASIS) we also operated a transparency and accountability system, although it was based on performance in votes more than attendance at meetings, since we had a lot of electronic/remote/ad-hoc votes to deal with.

 

Both systems are good, and produced strong participation.  In both of those contexts we had strong technical tool support in the form of Kavi, and I think that actually was quite important in making the policy work.  Do we have similar tooling available to Hyperledger? 

 

Jon

 

From: <tsc@...> on behalf of "Christopher Ferris via Lists.Hyperledger.Org" <chrisfer=us.ibm.com@...>
Reply to: "chrisfer@..." <chrisfer@...>
Date: Thursday, 8 August 2019 at 17:04
To: Arnaud Le Hors <lehors@...>
Cc: "tsc@..." <tsc@...>
Subject: Re: [Hyperledger TSC] on expanding the TSC

 

yes, we had similar practice in W3C WGs I chaired, though we also had chair discretion to forgive absences due to travel or vacation.

Cheers,

Christopher Ferris
IBM Fellow, CTO Open Technology
IBM Digital Business Group, Open Technologies
email: chrisfer@...
twitter: @christo4ferris


On Aug 8, 2019, at 7:18 PM, Arnaud Le Hors <lehors@...> wrote:

I support this idea. My only concern with growing the TSC would be the risk of not reaching quorum but if we mitigate this risk with an appropriate measure I think we can only gain from the expansion.
For what it's worth, OASIS has to that end a notion of Voting Rights that you lose after missing 2 meetings and gain back after attending 2 meetings that is easy to implement and works well in my experience:
https://www.oasis-open.org/policies-guidelines/tc-process-2017-05-26#gainVotingRights
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Arnaud  Le Hors - Senior Technical Staff Member, Blockchain & Web Open Technologies - IBM




From:        "Christopher Ferris" <chrisfer@...>
To:        tsc@...
Date:        08/08/2019 02:53 PM
Subject:        [EXTERNAL] [Hyperledger TSC] on expanding the TSC
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On today’s TSC call, I noted that when we established Hyperledger, we had 11 Premier members and chose the number of TSC members as a derivative of that. We now have 18 Premier members and a board that has 21 members. We have grown from one to now twelve projects and we have 3 proposed projects in the pipeline. We also have a growing number of WGs that may also be underrepresented. Yet, we have not grown the TSC beyond the original 11. This means that the TSC may not adequately represent the full breadth of our community.

We talked about the prospect of expanding the TSC to enable greater diversity of projects and WGs, as well as of expertise, etc.

Brian noted that CNCF TOB has an elected tier and a provision in their charter that the elected members may also choose a number of individuals from within the community  to serve as well. This might be a good model to emulate.

Any change in the number of TSC members will, of necessity, require a Hyperledger charter revision requiring a 2/3 vote of the board.

I’d like this email to serve as a continuation of today’s discussion hopefully leading to a formal proposal to a charter revision.

I’ll start by suggesting that we find a way of growing the TSC beginning this year, but after the scheduled TSC election, by at least six members. As was also expressed by Mic, we probably also should keep the size manageable, so maybe no more than 21 total.

Ry and Arnaud also suggested maybe adopting a quorum rule that penalized absentee members by removing them from quorum calculation and suspending voting privs following repeated unexcused absences as a device to encourage participation and diminish potential that we not achieve quorum (this seems not to have been a problem excepting in the summer months, but we might consider something as a prophylactic measure.

Thoughts?

Cheers,

Christopher Ferris
IBM Fellow, CTO Open Technology
IBM Digital Business Group, Open Technologies
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