[At-Large] ATRT2 Implementation Program Update

Carlton Samuels carlton.samuels at gmail.com
Mon Feb 2 21:59:10 UTC 2015

You might find some details of this report of interest.

In context of the continuing discussions on the IANA Transition and the
workflow in the CCWG pertaining Accountability, you might wish to closely
read Recommendation #9 and companions.

Pay special attention to status and timeline.


Carlton A Samuels
Mobile: 876-818-1799
*Strategy, Planning, Governance, Assessment & Turnaround*

  [image: ICANN] <http://www.icann.org/> News Alert

ATRT2 Implementation Program Update

30 January 2015

We are pleased to provide the second update on the implementation of
recommendations from the Second Accountability and Transparency Review Team
(ATRT2). ICANN kicked off the implementation work, completed a thorough
project planning process for each of the 12 recommendations in the second
half of 2014 and is currently executing according to the detailed plans
created for each of the 12 recommendations.

With 51 distinct recommendation components to develop, the timeframe for
implementation will vary depending on the complexity of the recommendation
and its key dependencies. For example, synchronization and alignment will
likely take place in conjunction with the work underway to Enhance ICANN
Accountability as part of NTIA IANA Functions' Stewardship Transition. Such
dependencies and connections are be flagged in the Implementation Summaries
provided for each recommendation on the ATRT2 Implementation Program wiki

The ICANN community can track status and progress of implementation work on
the ATRT2 Program Implementation Wiki
through Implementation Executive Summaries. Updates will be provided each
trimester through multiple communication channels and at ICANN meetings
until all the recommendations have been implemented and integrated into
standard operating procedures.
Background Information

The implementation of recommendations
from the Second Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT2) began
in June 2014, as soon as ICANN's Board of Directors accepted the
recommendations through resolution directing ICANN to begin the work.

As background, the review was conducted by "16 ATRT2 members, who were
drawn from the ICANN community via a public notice as well as
recommendations from ICANN's SOs and ACs, and selected by the chairs of the
ICANN Board and its Governmental Advisory Committee. These community
members spent nearly a year reviewing, studying, questioning, debating and
listening to the community as well as staff in preparing their report."1
<#14b3d8edda12c65c_foot1> Final report was published on December 31, 2013
and included 12 recommendations within the following areas:
 *Areas* *Recommendations*

Board Performance & Work Practices

## 1 <https://community.icann.org/display/prgrmatrt2impl/Rec+%231>-2

Policy/Implementation/Executive Function

#4 <https://community.icann.org/display/prgrmatrt2impl/Rec+%234>

Decision Making Transparency & Appeals

## 5 <https://community.icann.org/display/prgrmatrt2impl/Rec+%235>, 7
<https://community.icann.org/display/prgrmatrt2impl/Rec+%237>, 9

GAC Operations & Interaction

#6 <https://community.icann.org/display/prgrmatrt2impl/Rec+%236>


#8 <https://community.icann.org/display/prgrmatrt2impl/Rec+%238>

Cross-Community Deliberation

#10 <https://community.icann.org/display/prgrmatrt2impl/Rec+%2310>

AoC Review Process Effectiveness

#11 <https://community.icann.org/display/prgrmatrt2impl/Rec+%2311>

Financial Accountability & Transparency

#12 <https://community.icann.org/display/prgrmatrt2impl/Rec+%2312>
 Implementation Methodology – Project Management Discipline

ICANN worked closely with the ATRT2 throughout 2013, laying down a
foundation to ensure the implementation of the recommendations would be
timely and effective. An implementation methodology
was designed based on the global standards of The Project Management
Institute (PMI) rules, guidelines, and characteristics for the project and
development of a management portfolio. The PMI standards are widely
accepted with a goal towards achieving professional excellence. Benefits
include a clear scope definition, company-wide resource planning, risk
mitigation, monitoring against timelines and consistent reporting.

ICANN's commitment to accountability and transparency, in the interest of
Internet users globally, was formalized and documented in 2009 in the
of Commitments (AoC)
agreement with the U.S. Government. It set a course for ongoing evolution
and improvement in ICANN's accountability. ICANN views the implementation
methodology it chose as the means of ensuring an organization-wide
commitment to continuous improvement. The method of implementing the
ATRT2's recommendations will serve as a pilot. ICANN will refine the
approach to apply consistently to AoC and other review efforts.
[image: ATRT2 Process]

Roles and Responsibilities

The 12 ATRT2 recommendations contain 51 components
<https://community.icann.org/display/prgrmatrt2impl/Recommendations>. A
dedicated Project Manager is responsible for facilitating planning,
monitoring progress, conducting risk assessments, resolving issues and
providing ongoing reporting across multiple ICANN teams. Each
recommendation is assigned a project sponsor and an owner responsible for
planning and executing the necessary implementation steps, securing
resources and tracking performance via Key Success Factors and Key
Performance Indicators. An Advisory Committee consisting of several members
of ICANN'S Executive Leadership team has been appointed to oversee the
implementation work and ensure timely, clear and relevant reporting to
ICANN Stakeholders. ICANN Board is providing additional oversight to ensure
that the implementation work is well aligned with the intent of ATRT2
Progress Reporting

With the experience of two previous Accountability and Transparency
reviews, ICANN understands the importance of timely and effective
communications. In fact, one of the ATRT2 recommendations specifically
addresses implementation reporting. Updates on the progress of implementing
the recommendations will be posted and reported each trimester through
multiple communication channels and at ICANN meetings.

At this time, projects implementing all 12 ATRT2 recommendations have
completing a planning process and are executing against detailed plans
documented within ICANNs Project Portfolio Management system.

Stakeholders, Board and staff can view progress on ICANN's web site through
the Portfolio Management System <https://features.icann.org/plan>
Additional Information  *Description* *Link*

Board Resolution (2014.06.26.14 - 2014.06.26.15) accepting recommendations
and directing implementation


Final Report of the Second Accountability and Transparency Review Team


ATRT2 wiki – review workspace


ATRT2 Implementation Program wiki


1 <#14b3d8edda12c65c_note1> *How ICANN is Accountable to the Global
by Fadi Chehadé on February 12, 2014

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