Although we don’t want the CoE to get too mired in bureaucracy (and turn it into a politburo as someone termed it on slido), I think it makes sense to have some rudimentary structure to proposals. I’m riffing this off of the idea of one-pager specs, which is quite common in the tech industry.
I suggest that every proposal should be a forum post tagged under the Council of Elders tag (as this post is), with the title prefixed with "[Proposal]: " (sans the double quotes, of course).
The body of the proposal should include the following sections, at the very least:
// A summary of the project you're proposing and who is going to be working on it
// When could you start working on the project, if approved; And how long would it take?
- Best case outcome
// What does success look like?
- Worst case outcome
// What could go wrong? The more thought that goes into this, the better.
- Success criteria
// How can the success of this project be objectively measured and evaluated?
- Funding required, if any.
Also, every member of the community might potentially be voting and commenting on your proposal. So, it might make sense to spend a bit of extra time on crafting a compelling proposal.
This is a very rough outline of what I think a proposal should look like. I’m certain that this could be significantly improved upon. Let’s iterate on it in this thread.