Re: new SIG

Cheryl Hung <chung@...>

Hi Frederick,

As Liz said, user groups don't fall under the TOC, and the Telecom and Financial Services groups have grown more or less organically.

Philosophically, end users find it easier to collaborate when discussions aren't open to vendors. This means that the User Groups are not entirely public; the mailing list and meetings are closed, and signing up requires a company email address.

In terms of expectations, the SIGs own specific areas and projects. User groups may produce code, but can also specify requirements which may be implemented in collaboration with different SIGs, projects and domain experts over time. For example, the Financial Services User Group is reaching out to financial regulators and auditors to provide training materials.

Hope this clarifies.


On Tue, Jun 18, 2019 at 9:44 PM Liz Rice <liz@...> wrote:
Actually copying Cheryl this time
On 18 Jun 2019, 22:41 +0200, Liz Rice <liz@...>, wrote:
Hi Erin! My first question would be what the group wants to achieve, and what it is about being a SIG that would help them achieve those goals? 

Hello Frederick! I think the main difference is that CNCF SIGs fall under the stewardship of the TOC whereas end user groups are outside of that. There is information about TOC SIGs here: and I’m copying in Cheryl to answer about user groups (on the assumption that end user groups ~= user groups) 

On 18 Jun 2019, 19:44 +0200, Amye Scavarda <ascavarda@...>, wrote:
Frederick! Nice to see you!
To answer your question, see:
This outlines the overall goals. While it doesn't directly address
user groups, it does outline what the responsibility of a special
interest group is.
-- amye

On Tue, Jun 18, 2019 at 10:32 AM Frederick Kautz <frederick@...> wrote:

I'm relatively new to the organizational structure of the CNCF in regards to user groups vs Sig's. Is someone able to point me to some documentation about the difference between a user group and special interest group?

I wasn't able to find documentation on the definition of a user group.

Closest I could find in the definition was this:

On Tue, Jun 18, 2019, 08:42 Erin Boyd <eboyd@...> wrote:

I have a few users from the TUG who were inquiring about the formation of a SIG for this group instead.
What are everyone's thoughts around this?


Erin A. Boyd

Senior Principal Software Engineer, OCTO

Red Hat


Amye Scavarda | Program Manager, CNCF | amye@...

Director of Ecosystem, Cloud Native Computing Foundation

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