SIG Governance

In order to standardize Special Interest Group efforts, create maximum transparency, and route contributors to the appropriate SIG, SIGs should follow the guidelines stated below:

  • Meet regularly, at least for 30 minutes every 3 weeks, except November and December
  • Keep up-to-date meeting notes, linked from the SIG’s page in the community repo
  • Announce meeting agenda and minutes after each meeting, on their SIG mailing list
  • Record SIG meeting and make it publicly available
  • Ensure the SIG’s mailing list and slack channel are archived
  • Report activity in the weekly community meeting at least once every 6 weeks
  • Participate in release planning meetings and retrospectives, and burndown meetings, as needed
  • Ensure related work happens in a project-owned github org and repository, with code and tests explicitly owned and supported by the SIG, including issue triage, PR reviews, test-failure response, bug fixes, etc.
  • Use the above forums as the primary means of working, communicating, and collaborating, as opposed to private emails and meetings

In addition, SIGs have the following responsibilities to SIG PM: * identify SIG annual roadmap * identify all SIG features in the current release * actively track / maintain SIG features within k/features * attend SIG PM meetings, as needed / requested

SIG Roles

Defining SIG Roles is a function of the SIG Charter.
Guidelines for drafting a SIG Charter can be found here.

SIG creation and maintenance procedure


  • Propose the new SIG publicly, including a brief mission statement, by emailing and, then wait a couple of days for feedback.
  • Ask a repo maintainer to create a github label, if one doesn’t already exist: sig/foo.
  • Request a new channel (#sig-foo) from the #slack-admins channel. New users can join at
  • Slack activity is archived at To start archiving a new channel invite the slackarchive bot to the channel via /invite @slackarchive
  • Organize video meetings as needed. No need to wait for the Weekly Community Video Conference to discuss. Please report summary of SIG activities there.
    • Request a Zoom account by emailing Paris Pittman( and Jorge Castro( You must set up a google group (see below) for the SIG leads so that all the SIG leads have the ability to reset the password if necessary.
    • Read how to use YouTube for publishing your videos to the Kubernetes channel.
    • Calendars
    • Create a calendar on your own account. Make it public.
    • Share it with all SIG leads with full ownership of the calendar - they can edit, rename, or even delete it.
    • Share it with,,, with full ownership. This is just in case SIG leads ever disappear.
    • Share it with the SIG mailing list, lowest privileges.
    • Share individual events with to publish on the universal calendar.
  • Use existing proposal and PR process (to be documented)
  • Announce new SIG on
  • Leads should subscribe to the kubernetes-sig-leads mailing list
  • Submit a PR to add a row for the SIG to the table in the kubernetes/community file, to create a kubernetes/community directory, and to add any SIG-related docs, schedules, roadmaps, etc. to your new kubernetes/community/SIG-foo directory.

Creating a mailing list

Create a Google Group at!creategroup, following the procedure:

Each SIG must have two discussion groups with the following settings.

  • kubernetes-sig-foo (the discussion group):
    • Anyone can view content.
    • Anyone can join.
    • Anyone can post.
    • Only members can view the list of members.
  • kubernetes-sig-foo-leads (list for the leads, to be used with Zoom and Calendars)
    • Only members can view group content.
    • Anyone can apply to join.
    • Anyone can post.
    • Only members can view the list of members.
  • Groups should be created as e-mail lists with at least three owners (including parispittman at and ihor.dvoretskyi at;
  • To add the owners, visit the Group Settings (drop-down menu on the right side), select Direct Add Members on the left side and add Paris and Ihor via email address (with a suitable welcome message); in Members/All Members select Ihor and Paris and assign to an “owner role”
  • Set “View topics”, “Post”, “Join the Group” permissions to be “Public”;