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Re: [gnso-wpm-dt] WPM-DT: Step 3a (Proposed)

  • To: "Gomes, Chuck" <cgomes@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Re: [gnso-wpm-dt] WPM-DT: Step 3a (Proposed)
  • From: Olga Cavalli <olgac@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 9 Dec 2009 22:19:45 -0300

Thanks Ken.
I inserted my comments as well.
Talk to you tomorrow.

2009/12/9 Gomes, Chuck <cgomes@xxxxxxxxxxxx>

>  Thanks Ken.  I inserted a few personal thoughts below.
> Chuck
>  ------------------------------
> *From:* owner-gnso-wpm-dt@xxxxxxxxx [mailto:owner-gnso-wpm-dt@xxxxxxxxx] *On
> Behalf Of *Ken Bour
> *Sent:* Wednesday, December 09, 2009 3:47 PM
> *To:* gnso-wpm-dt@xxxxxxxxx
> *Subject:* [gnso-wpm-dt] WPM-DT: Step 3a (Proposed)
>  Team Members:
> Now that we have a finalized Project List (Step 1) and expect tomorrow to
> complete a set of definitions for the X and Y axes (Step 2), Step 3 involves
> utilizing this drafting team to exercise and test one or more
> ranking/rating methodologies as a proof-of-concept.
> As originally formulated, our goals in this step are to ensure that:
> *a)      *the process we select and recommend is user-friendly,
> unambiguous, and straightforward to execute; and
> *b)     *realistic outputs can be created that will enable the Council to
> make prioritization decisions once the process is actually completed.[Gomes,
> Chuck]  I would add to this: "not only as a one time prioritization exercise
> but also in considering new projects as they are proposed in the future".
> Staff suggests that the WPM-DT *test* all candidate methodologies before
> making a final recommendation to the Council, that is, if each Council
> member will be asked to rate/rank individually, then the drafting team
> should perform such a test.   If, alternatively, the team thinks that the
> Council should form sub-groups to produce consensus rankings/ratings, then
> the DT should exercise that option.  [Gomes, Chuck]  Not sure we could
> adequately test the sub-group approach because of the small size of our
> group. Our subgroups would probably have to be groups of 2.  Of course, at
> the Council level the subgroups could be that small by design to make it
> simpler.  If the Council also used groups of two or at most three, then we
> could probably test the approach adequately.

> Step 3a, then, might be to decide how many candidate methodologies will be
> considered in this testing phase.
> For example, the team could choose to execute multiple approaches and,
> after comparing the pros/cons of those various trials, decide which one
> combines the best features.
> Options that have been identified thus far are:
> *a)      **Rating vs. Ranking*:  should projects be rated (relatively)
> with a scale such as H, M, L or ranked numerically?
> If the latter option is selected, should ties be permitted, that is, can
> two projects be ranked the same (e.g. 1-1-3-4-5-5-7 …)?  [Gomes, Chuck]  I
> prefer rating to ranking and that seems to fit the X-Y axis approach we are
> considering.  As I said previously, I also prefer numercially rating to H,
> M, L because it provides more differentiation, assuming that the numerical
> range is larger than 3.  In any case, I think ties should be allowed.  Of
> course, with H-M-L, we would have to allow ties, but I support them in the
> other two approaches as well.  Chances are that ties will be broken when
> total results are compiled.
> OLGA: ok with ties, also with numeric ranges, but we should avoid redundant
scales. Eg: typical example is exam notes between 1-10, it is usually very
difficult to tell the difference between 9 or 10 or 5 or 6, and this brings

> *b)     **Individual vs. Gro*:  should Council members rate/rank
> individually or should sub-groups be formed to discuss and recommend a
> single consensus answer from each one?   [Gomes, Chuck] Individual ranking
> is simpler and hence better meets the criteria of user-friendly and
> straightforward.  But there are ways that the sub-group approach could be
> simplified.  For example, subgroups could consist of Councilors from the
> same SG with NomCom appointees serving as a separate sub group; we
> could then form a subgroup of the liaisons. If the subgroups go across SGs,
> I think the ability to reach consensus may be over complicated.
Olga: Soubgroups may add value in previous discussion to deciding the
ranking, specially now that there are several new council members.
Subgrups made from the same SG sounds a good approach.

> Instead of attempting to narrow down the options, the team could perform
> all 4 permutations as follows:
> 1)      Rank individually in numerical order (with ties?)[Gomes, Chuck]
> I do not like this option very much.  If it was realistic, we probably
> already would have done it. My preference would be to throw it out but if
> the rest of the group wants to test it, I am willing.
> 2)      Rate individually using a simple H-M-L scale
> 3)      Rank in sub-groups in numerical order (with ties?)
> 4)      Rate in sub-groups using a simple H-M-L scale
> If all four options will be exercised, the team should also discuss the
> most advantageous order.    Staff notes that it might be beneficial to work
> individually first and then in sub-groups.[Gomes, Chuck]  I agree with
> this.     Since some Councilors, like members of this team, are likely NOT
> to have deep understanding of the projects, rating/ranking individually will
> simulate that condition.   In terms of rating vs. ranking, Staff does not
> have an opinion to offer as to order.
> Hopefully, during our next call, we will finalize Step 2 and make progress
> on Step 3a by deciding which tests to perform and, if applicable, what
> specific order.
> I note that our original target completion date for Step 3 (Liz’s email of
> 23 Nov) was  *11 Dec 2009*, but that would seem too ambitious.  If we have
> time, we might also discuss a revised implementation timeframe leading to a
> final recommendation.
> If there is anything else that Staff can do in the interim to assist this
> effort, please let us know.
> Ken

Olga Cavalli, Dr. Ing.

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