% It IS true that development from scratch, within a working group, is highly
% problematic when the group is large and/or the topic complicated. (Can we
% all say "design by committee".) That's why the concept of the design team
% is formally acknowledged.
When did this occur? Certainly after you disbanded the DNS
WG after it tried to segment into design teams for security,
large zone support, and dynamic update (ixfr,notify, et.al.)
I've never seen where the concept of design teams was sanctioned
but I've not been all that active in IETF politics.
% And some folks have noticed that forming the design team and doing an
% initial specification BEFORE chartering the working group can be much more
It does tend to restrict alternate approaches tho. By the time
it reaches a WG, its a fait-accompli. (sp?)
% However the ultimate test of the material in the stamp is whether the
% working group can and does exercise ultimate authority over specifications
% and whether it can and does make changes. All of my IETF experience says
% that anyone expecting rubber in the stamp is quickly -- and with
% appropriate rudeness -- educated otherwise.
% Dave Crocker <dcrocker(_at_)brandenburg(_dot_)com>
% Brandenburg Consulting <www.brandenburg.com>
% Tel: +1.408.246.8253, Fax: +1.408.273.6464