[CFIC] Re: CFIC: Governance and Management

Lance Jones lj at ucar.edu
Mon Jan 14 15:22:44 MST 2008

General comments:

1) The responsibility for final approval of policies isn't sufficiently
clear.  Although it makes sense that proposed policies can (and usually
will) originate in the mgmt group, debate and final approval should
happen at the governance group.  This makes sense because...
2) The mgmt group as described essentially maps to CISL.  There could
easily be the perception of a conflict of interest in the combination of
CISL being manager of, user of, and potentially policy decider of the
colo spaces.  Further...
3) The perceived conflict can further be reduced by including some form
of technical representation in the mgmt group from the various users of
the space: NCAR, UOP, etc.  In other words, the Gov group can have more
confidence that the procedures, standards, and proposed policies have
some significant level of consensus(*) across the organization.

Fourth page, second to last paragraph: who will be picking up 50% of the
techs and operator salaries?  What sort of monitoring, installation,
removal will these personnel do, and of whose equipment?


Pat Waukau wrote:
> Greetings:
> In a discussion with Shawn on Friday regarding the level of involvement
> the ITC should play in a governance role for the computer collocation
> facilities, we concluded that the ITC would be most effective in an
> oversight role, but that the expectation that they would be responsible
> for communicating information to the organization on facility details
> and providing training is unrealistic.  These activities would be best
> served by the management group, who would be able to provide more accurate
> and timely information.  With this change in responsibilities, it also
> seemed a natural step for the collocations management team to adopt the
> current strategy wherein engineering groups that provide central services
> are partnered with an advisory committee comprised of stakeholders.
> That said I have revised the governance and management implementation
> plan to incorporate these changes and have uploaded it to the Attachments
> section on the Governance and Management Working Group page.
> Ordinarily I would give you a longer lead time to respond, but given the
> ITC meeting is tomorrow, I would appreciate at least your initial thoughts
> on the revised document by mid-morning tomorrow.
> Thanks, Pat 

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