rabbah commented on a change in pull request #4818: Define processes for 
enhancement proposals
URL: https://github.com/apache/openwhisk/pull/4818#discussion_r378933788
 
 

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+# Title
+Process for introducing an OpenWhisk Enhancement (POEM)
+
+## Status
+* Current state: Draft
+* Author: @style95
+
+## Summary
+
+Introduce a process for suggesting and implementing a substantive OpenWhisk 
Enhancement (POEM).
+A developer or group of developers working together to propose and implement a 
major new feature or functionality, a new subsystem, or a breaking change 
should follow the process described herein and open a proposal for 
consideration under this directory.
+
+## Motivation
+
+As the project grows, more and more issues are getting complex and require 
multiple parties and an extended period of time to develop them.
+We can incubate, manage, and elaborate new ideas in OpenWhisk with a standard 
way and a well-tracked artifact.
+It would enhance the discoverability of proposals and help community members 
to involve in the project better.
+
+## Proposed changes
+
+### Procedures
+1. Create a pull request to describe your proposal with [this 
template](./POEM-N-template.md). The initial state of a proposal should be 
_"Draft"_.
+2. [Create a corresponding issue]((/issues/new?template=proposal.md)) to 
propose a new change based on [this 
template](../github/ISSUE_TEMPLATE/proposal.md). It is mainly used to track 
discussion history.
+3. Discuss the proposals with any channels(issue comments, mailing list, 
Slack, etc) to form a consensus and update your proposal based on comments as 
much as needed.
+4. When members form a rough consensus for the proposal. The proposal owner 
can request a vote via the dev mailing list.
+5. The voting process follows the [Apache Voting 
guideline](https://www.apache.org/foundation/voting.html). The PR can be merged 
with the _"In-progress"_ state if the voting is successfully closed without any 
veto.
+6. The implementation begins as the proposal is filed into the repo and any 
volunteer can join the implementation ideally.
+7. If the proposal is not accepted or no consensus is formed, the PR is merged 
with the state, _"Abandoned"_.
+8. When implementation is included in the master branch, it is supposed to 
update the state of the proposal to _"Completed"_ as well. A corresponding 
issue is closed at this point.
+
+### Note
+* Committers and PMCs are supposed to label issues with an appropriate label 
to track its status.
+* There are 4 labels(`draft`, `in-progress`, `completed`, and `abandoned`) to 
specify the state of a proposal and one special label(`proposal`) to 
differentiate proposals from other issues.
+
+### Proposal Lifecycle
+A proposal is supposed to be in one of the following states:
 
 Review comment:
   ```suggestion
   A proposal may be in one of the following states:
   ```

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