How to propose changes with RFCs

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RFC

Request for Comments (RFC) is a useful tool for proposing, sharing, and discussing a change you’d like to make.

  • Convey a problem or change.
  • Get buy-in from stakeholders for a proposal.
  • Document the reasons for a decision.
  • A process update.
  • A technical change.
  • A decision on a vendor.
  • Anything you want feedback on.

RFC Template

  • Date: 20XX-XX-XX
  • Author: Your Name

Summary

1–2 sentences that describes your RFC in a high-level.

What Problem Are We Solving?

Why are we doing this?

How Could We Solve It?

This is the bulk of the RFC so explain your options in as much detail as appropriate.

Stakeholders

Who are the reviewers/stakeholders who can approve this RFC?

Recommendation

What option do you think is best?

Areas of Risk

Why should we not do this?

Open Questions

Remaining questions to be answered before the implementation.

Definition of Done

What is required for the RFC to be closed?

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