2. Goals of this slideshow
After this slideshow you will:
● Know what an RFC is
● Know why do we need an RFC alike process in Visuality
● Know the benefits of RFCs
● Know how and when to write an RFC
3. What actually is an RFC?
RFCs, Request for Comments, are publications from the technology community
4. Why would we possibly need that in our
What are the mechanisms used in the company now?
5. Why not 1 on 1?
● there appear a lot of questions, that would be answered by an RFC
● idea is not presented clearly
● discussed things may be forgotten
● nobody is aligned
6. What are the benefits of introducing RFC?
● save time that is usually spent on meetings
● present your idea to a wider audience
● allow others, maybe more experienced people, to comment on your idea
● allow the author to ask people that he/she may not know well (even from other cities/offices)
● lowers the importance of the factor of being shy, when you want to be a part of change
● everyone in a company is aligned with changes and ideas
● allow for an asynchronous flow of information (less meetings)
● everyone in a company has a right to give his/her opinion
● keep ideas and current best practices in one place
7. How an RFC should look like?
It should contain at least those following sections:
● Possible challenges
Short, informal, lightweight document.
8. RFC Structure - Header
Title: enter title here
Author: Adam Kowalski
Start Date: DD-MM-YYYY
To be reviewed by: DD-MM-YYYY
9. RFC Structure - Abstract
One paragraph introducing the topic of the RFC.
Answers the question WHAT?
10. RFC Structure - Motivation
Why are we doing this?
What use cases does it support?
What is the expected outcome?
Answers the question WHY?
11. RFC Structure - Proposal
Here you can explain what you're suggesting/proposing.
You can give an example of usage or describe how it can look like.
Answers the question HOW?
12. RFC Structure - Instructions
Answer some of possible questions that may appear.
Describe confusing parts. Present best practices.
13. RFC Structure - Benefits
Think about the big picture and impact on the whole company.
What are the benefits of doing this?
How to measure the impact of changes?
14. RFC Structure - Possible
What are the possible challenges that we will have to face?
What are the suggestions for facing those challenges?
Cost calculations of implementation may be done here.
15. RFC Structure - Links
Links to useful sites or sites that you used researching for the RFC.
Helpful for readers that would like to explore the topic deeper.
16. ● Draft - The author is working on the RFC. Good research is
● Feedback Requested: The RFC has been sent and is
waiting for feedback.
● Accepted: The deadline for comments has expired and the
rfc was decided to be accepted. The idea is going to be
● Rejected: The deadline for comments has expired but no
decision was taken or it was decided to be rejected. The
idea is not going to be implemented but the idea can be
redefined in other RFC to be resubmitted.
17. RFC in Visuality
● Platform: Notion
● Lifetime duration: typically two weeks (may be shorter or longer depending on need)
● Editable RFCs in Draft and Feedback Requested state
● ‘RFC weekly’ Slack channel with RFC bot.
- Updates, Updated by
- Obsoletes, Obsoleted by
- Redefined by