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Proposal

Increase the visibility of advocates for TM Forum's collaboration activities, incentivize members to take a leadership role, and give more gravitas to the team leader's role in line with other standards and membership organizations. I propose this by changing the team leader role to Chair and co-chair. Hence, members see increased value in leading a collaboration activity and encourage them to promote it as part of their work and in the public domain, such as on linked-in and professional profiles. The proposal does not suggest any changes to the current system or becoming a leader to keep the change admin light. 

WHAT IS A CHAIR OR CO-CHAIR OF A PROJECT?

  • A Chair or Co-Chair is an essential member of a collaborative project team. 
  • This individual or group of individuals is responsible for planning, executing, and promoting a project's activities. 
  • A project may also have several team leaders who lead on particular deliverables. 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CHAIRING/CO-CHAIRING?

As a Chair/Co-Chair, you and your organization will be seen as an industry leader, with the following particular benefits:
    • Individual and company recognition on TM Forum website and in the Community
    • Individual and company recognition in published documents
    • If required, part-take in interviews for both internal TM Forum and industry publications on team deliverables
    • Quotes in press releases
    • Special recognition at Accelerate events
    • Letters of recognition to management
    • Access to Chair/Co-Chair Conference calls
    • Usage of the title externally, such as on linked-in, in presentations, and as part of your CV. 

WHAT ARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF A CHAIR/CO-CHAIR?

The Chair/Co-Chair assists in planning, executing, and promoting activities that a project undertakes.  At a high level, the Chair/Co-Chair is responsible for:
    • Ensure the project is developed in line with TM Forum IPR policy
    • Encourage all participants to take an active role in the project
    • Ensure participants have a clear understanding of what they need to complete and when
    • Drive the project team for on-time delivery
    • Lead the design, planning, and execution of validation activities
    • Assist TMF Theme Lead in identifying key companies required for industry adoption
Specifically, some of the activities required are:
    • Organize any necessary meetings to progress teamwork (weekly, daily, or ad-hoc as appropriate)
    • Assist in planning and executing meetings at Accelerate and any other face-to-face meetings as required
    • Work with TM Forum staff to:
      • Define roles within the team and reach commitment on owning team activities for any given sprint
      • Manage escalation activities and organize discussions to address issues related to program members not fulfilling commitments
    • Assign team responsibilities
    • Manage the delivery of the agreed roadmap items, specifically as applies to the project and are outlined within the charter

WHAT EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS ARE REQUIRED FOR THE CHAIR/CO-CHAIR POSITION?

  • Experience in managing collaborative development projects with fixed deadlines
  • Manage team using JIRA and Confluence on weekly calls
  • Encourage team members to use the tools provided by TM Forum 
  • Track record of presenting to stakeholders, ability to understand their requirements and find pragmatic ways to meet their needs
  • Strong communications skills – verbal, written, and presentation
  • An ability to work well with people from diverse backgrounds

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT FOR A CHAIR/CO-CHAIR?

While the amount of actual time will depend on various factors such as experience, this role typically requires approximately 2-5 hours per workweek time committed to the role, namely:
    • Including two full-week dedicated attendance at Accelerates, one in Europe, one in the US
    • Including attendance at monthly Collaboration Chair/Co-Chair coordination one-hour conference call meeting
    • Group meetings as deemed necessary to deliver to project charter commitments
    • Administrative time as necessary to fulfill the responsibilities above

HOW DO I APPLY TO BE A CHAIR/CO-CHAIR?


 

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