Hi All...
Very well done Sameer!  I hope everyone takes the approximately 35 minutes to 
view this excellent clarification of what exactly is meant by terms like 
"Vision," "Mission," "Goals," "Objectives," and "Tasks."  Much of the 
discussions trying to address these items have been a bit "off-base," not for a 
lack of enthusiasm but, rather, from a lack of understanding of how things in 
business (and, yes, in education too) actually work. Maybe once we are all 
speaking the same language we can make some concrete progress in addressing 
these issues.
Sameer is a wonderful person to guide us in this process… after all, as a 
tenured professor in the Business School of San Francisco State University, he 
probably knows more about this process than all the rest of us combined!
Happy viewing…. warning, this is very educational. It is like a lecture in a 
college level… maybe even graduate level course.  Expect to be challenged. 
Expect to need to drag the marker back once in a while to revisit a term. It 
will be will worth the time and can serve you well in other areas of your life 
besides Sugar and SugarLabs!

From: sve...@sfsu.edu
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:20:49 -0700
To: sl...@lists.sugarlabs.org; iaep@lists.sugarlabs.org
Subject: [IAEP] Sugarlabs and Sugar are different

It's been interesting to watch the conversations around vision, mission, 
marketing, etc. over the last few weeks. Several observations emerge. Here are 
a few that I think are relevant to us. 

1) There is a lot of confusion over the terms. Vision, Mission, Goals, etc. 2) 
Perhaps the confusion stems from not knowing how these pieces fit together, and 
the roles these play.
3) There are several confounding variables at play. For example, Sugar is a 
FOSS project. Sugarlabs is an agency established to foster/facilitate/support 
Sugar, the project. However, the two are not the same. So, in our effort to 
establish a strategic plan, the unit of analysis should be clear. For me, as a 
SLOB member, the unit of analysis is Sugarlabs, the agency. Everything I look 
at, is through that lens, including Sugar, OLPC, Sugarizer, etc. 

I've put together a screencast describing how all these things are related. I 
hope this will bring some clarity. 

Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Professor, Information Systems
San Francisco State University

IAEP -- It's An Education Project (not a laptop project!)
IAEP -- It's An Education Project (not a laptop project!)

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