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Sector Working Group gathers the community that works on a domain specific problem and aims to create an environment for open discussion, document co-creation and solution proposals. Technical Working Groups focus on technical aspects of blockchain and Hyperledger. TWG gathers community of various environments to work on global, technical solutions. SWG cuts through a vertical trying to address problems specific to that particular community. While Technical Working Groups are under the supervision of Technical Steering Committee, Sector Working Group is overlooked by Hyperledger Staff and the Governing Board. Anyone in the community should feel empowered to propose a new Sector Working Group as long as they can find at least 15 Interested initial contributors.
This document outlines the process for establishing and running Hyperledger sector specific working groups. We begin with an application form for a new working group, to be reviewed by Hyperledger staff and distributed to the Hyperledger Governing Board for information. Then we define the standard process that all working groups are expected to follow. It ends with the steps necessary after a working group is approved.
The working group will create a charter utilizing the following application. Items that are italicized should be added by the person proposing the new working group. You can find an online version of this form at: Google Forms Link
Please provide a title, generally of the form “Something Something Working Group”.
Please provide an introduction that addresses why the working group is required and what are the main goals and objectives of the group.
Please provide the scope and audience of the working group. Also, include items that are not within scope of this working group. It’s as important to define the boundaries, to ensure a well-focused working group.
The anticipated initial work products will include (but is not limited to):
Please list the work products that the group expects to initially focus on, such as white papers, use cases, case studies, or a face to face event. Ideally these are measurable work products that help the TSC assess whether the working group is making progress.
This Sector Working Group will collaborate with other Hyperledger working groups, the TSC, Linux Foundation staff, and the project maintainers.
Please provide any specific working groups or projects that this working group will immediately collaborate with.
The following individuals have already expressed an interest in joining this working group, and we hope they will become contributors over the first year:
List of interested parties listed with their consent, including name, association, and optionally email addresses.
The following individual has volunteered to serve as the initial Chair for the working group:
Usually this is the person who has been most active in encouraging the development of the working group. The Chair will kick off the discussions and work products, as well as, manage the tone and cadence of conversations. Hyperledger Staff will appoint a chair along with the approval of the working group.
Participation is open to everyone in the community. Meetings will be held weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly (as determined by the Chair) via teleconference. When needed a task force can be created and have separate working sessions to discuss specific work items. The Group is under the supervision of Hyperledger Ecosystem Team and gets an assigned staff member as a Point of Contact for all matters that require governance or approval.
The Chair of the working group will serve for as long as they still want to lead the working group. At which point, they will inform Hyperledger Point of Contactof their desire to step down from the position. Hypereldger Point of Contact will then appoint another chair with input from the community and existing chair.
Meeting details, meeting notes, and documentation shall be made publicly available. The following proposed items will be created:
Changes to the charter may be proposed by active group members and, if it obtains rough consensus as determined by the Chair, can be brought forward to Hyperledger Point of Contact
Should the scope reach completion or conversely the traffic on the various conversation forums and the teleconference activity wither to very low levels, then the Chair of the WG may ask the Hyperledger Staff to disband the WG.
The chair is responsible for the following items:
Minutes for each meeting should be noted and accessible from the working group's wiki page on wiki.hyperledger.org. Members of the working group will need to decide who will take notes.
Working groups typically meet on a bi-weekly basis. However, each working group chair should determine whether they will meet on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis.
In advance of every meeting, the Chair should send out an agenda to both the Rocket.Chat and Mailing List to ensure that attendees know what will be discussed.
Meetings are placed on the Hyperledger Community calendar. To ensure that the meeting can be removed, please send an email in advance of the meeting to firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, please notify the mailing list and Rocket.Chat.
When a new working group gets approved, Hyperledger staff will ensure the following checklist is completed: