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RE: [gnso-wpm-dt] WPM-DT: Step 2 (In Progress)

  • To: "Ken Bour" <ken.bour@xxxxxxxxxxx>, <gnso-wpm-dt@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: RE: [gnso-wpm-dt] WPM-DT: Step 2 (In Progress)
  • From: "Gomes, Chuck" <cgomes@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 4 Dec 2009 11:48:54 -0500

Very helpful Ken.  I have one initial comment regarding the definition
of Y: what is meant by "ICANN"?   I think we need to be more specific.
People use that term in a variety of ways, sometimes meaning ICANN the
corporation, sometimes ICANN Staff and the Board, sometimes meaning the
ICANN community.  I think that what we mean here is the ICANN community;
if so, maybe we should say that.


        From: owner-gnso-wpm-dt@xxxxxxxxx
[mailto:owner-gnso-wpm-dt@xxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Ken Bour
        Sent: Friday, December 04, 2009 10:57 AM
        To: gnso-wpm-dt@xxxxxxxxx
        Subject: [gnso-wpm-dt] WPM-DT: Step 2 (In Progress)

        Work Prioritization Model DT:


        To make things a bit easier to track, I think it may be helpful
to narrow each email thread to one particular task.  With that in mind,
the next task for the team to take up was labeled Step 2 in Liz's email,
"Solidify the definitions for the two axes/dimensions (X, Y)."


        The definitions below incorporate Chuck's and Jaime's additions
and are submitted to the team for further refinement and improvement.


        X - Difficulty/Cost ... this dimension relates to perceptions of
complexity (e.g. technical), intricacy (e.g. many moving parts to
coordinate), lack of cohesion (e.g. many competing interests), length of
time needed/expected; availability/scarcity of resources and, therefore,
overall cost to develop a recommendation.  

        Y - Value/Benefit ... this dimension relates to perceptions of
benefit to: a) the Internet global community; b) ICANN; c) its
stakeholder groups, in this order; in terms of internet
growth/expansion, enhancing competitiveness, increasing
security/stability, and improving the user experience.  Qualitative
factors might include:  extent/breadth of Internet community impacted
and criticality of project in resolving serious problems or in opening
new opportunities of growth. 


        To maintain our momentum, I took a shot at harmonizing these
ideas and crafting a replacement definition for Y:


        Y - Value/Benefit ... this dimension relates to perceptions of
net overall effectiveness, productivity, and gain to:  1) the Internet
global community; 2) ICANN; and/or 3) its stakeholder communities.
Components of value/benefit might include:  new opportunities for
Internet growth/expansion, enhanced competitiveness,
resolution/improvement of serious performance or infrastructure
problems, increased security/stability, and improved user experience.  



        I note that Olga has raised concerns about the use of the term
"Cost" in the X dimension.  Ken would like to concur that, in this
context, we were referring to "soft cost " and not to dollars per se
(very difficult to estimate) -- more like total human capital and energy
expended.  I haven't been able to find a concise set of nouns, yet, that
function like {Value/Benefit : Revenue} as {? : Cost}.   Would
"Expenditure" be any better or, maybe, "Energy"?  Below are a few
options to consider for renaming X that do not use "Cost":

        X - Expenditure/Complexity

        X - Expenditure/Energy

        X - Difficulty/Complexity

        X - Resource Consumption

        X - Resource/Time/Energy Consumption


        I kinda like the last one, personally, and tried to craft a
modified definition for X on that basis: 


        X - Resource/Time/Energy Consumption ... this dimension relates
to perceptions of total human capital expenditure anticipated and also
includes such factors as complexity (e.g. technical), intricacy (e.g.
many moving parts to coordinate), lack of cohesion (e.g. many competing
interests), length of time needed/expected; availability/scarcity of
resources -- all of which contribute to the overall resource consumption
required to develop a recommendation.  

        Hopefully, something in the above mix of ideas will stimulate
our collective creativity.


        It would be ideal if we could finalize these definitions before
next week's session - to be scheduled.  I confirmed yesterday that a
Doodle poll will be issued shortly by Gisella or Glen.


        Looking ahead briefly...the next task is testing one or more
rating/ranking methodologies.  As soon as we near completion of Step 2,
I will create a new thread for Step 3 (maybe even 3a, 3b, 3c, etc.).
Staff will assume the burden of setting up the different scenarios to
test including forms and instructions.   Team members will then
rate/rank projects (individually and group) and then assess the
pros/cons of each approach.  More later...


        Ken Bour

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