I think a lot of us bristle at the term “thought leadership”. One of the principles of the TOC is that we are not kingmakers – see
Best practices can often be the result of trying to boil complex topics down to a one size fits all.
But, honestly, I’m not sure I agree that we shouldn’t be more opinionated. That is something that I think this current TOC is considering. How and when and what that look likes is still TBD.
As for the SIGs – the role of the SIGs is to assist the TOC in terms of its duties. That primarily concerns evaluating projects for inclusion and graduation. As part of that, forming some clear technical understanding (and documentation)
on where the boundaries are and what is “cloud native” in that domain may make sense. But producing something that is aimed at end users is, honestly, outside the scope of both the TOC and the CNCF in general. My gut is that if there is a project that wants
to do something like this they should form a project and submit it to the TOC.
(There is a fine line between marketing/product marketing and technical documentation. The CNCF does have a charter to do marketing but I’m guessing what you are looking for crosses that line)
Other TOC members may have different views on this.
I had a call with some executives looking to understand the CNCF's role better in the industry in terms of what I could gather as 'thought leadership.'
They are looking to the CNCF to provide to them direction and best practices for things like security in the cloud native landscape.
To me, this feels like something the newly formed SIGs would be providing and not necessarily something we have today, would you all agree?
They are strongly focused on telcos and security, both of which I haven't been focused on so would like your input if I am speaking out of turn.