Thank you, Caryl :-) I was a bit pressed for time (I had to pick up my kids
from school), so perhaps I glossed over some of the terms. Yes, please do
move the tracker back and forth, and ask questions. This is a process, and
a process that works. We are not the first with this confusion, and we have
examples in other projects for different but aligned strategies. Drupal and
Drupal Association is one such example. (Note: I serve on the Board of
Directors of the Drupal Association, so I'm familiar with those details).

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

On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 7:28 PM, Caryl Bigenho <> wrote:

> 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!
> Caryl
> ------------------------------
> From:
> Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:20:49 -0700
> To:;
> 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.
> cheers,
> Sameer
> --
> Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
> Professor, Information Systems
> San Francisco State University
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