Working Groups (WGs) are the primary mechanism for development of IETF specifications and guidelines, many of which are intended to be standards or recommendations.
This page describes many of the IETF email lists, where most of the daily work of the IETF is conducted.
While most IETF work takes place online, including on email lists, meetings and other events such as Hackathons provide in-person opportunities to advance work.
An unofficial motto of the IETF is, "We believe in rough consensus and running code." Implementation experience provides critical feedback to the standardization process.
The IETF community works mostly online, and creates many of the tools used to develop standards documents and support IETF processes.
This page provides information about Birds of a Feather sessions (BoFs)--initial, informal, in-person discussions about a particular the topic of interest to the IETF community--and related policies and procedures.