Re: [IAEP] Sugarlabs and Sugar are different

2016-06-28 Thread Dave Crossland
On 28 June 2016 at 07:36, Sebastian Silva  wrote:
> Actually, please do. It's exactly what IAEP is for.
>
> Shivang, if you don't care about Sugar Labs strategy discussions,
> please either unsubscribe or ignore these threads.

Well no, to be fair to Shivang, I was replying from my phone and had
'include reply text below' turned off, and then made a rather bad
typo, so sending a one-word email correcting it is a bit unusual, and
I accept Shivang's request to avoid sending one word contextless
emails in future :)
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Re: [IAEP] Sugarlabs and Sugar are different

2016-06-28 Thread Sebastian Silva
Actually, please do. It's exactly what IAEP is for.

Shivang, if you don't care about Sugar Labs strategy discussions,
please either unsubscribe or ignore these threads.

Regards
Sebastian Silva
http://somosazucar.org/



2016-06-27 23:11 GMT-05:00 Shivang Belwariar :
> pls dont sent emails
>
> On Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 7:45 AM, Dave Crossland  wrote:
>>
>> Attempt
>>
>>
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Re: [IAEP] Sugarlabs and Sugar are different

2016-06-27 Thread Shivang Belwariar
pls dont sent emails

On Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 7:45 AM, Dave Crossland  wrote:

> Attempt
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Re: [IAEP] Sugarlabs and Sugar are different

2016-06-27 Thread Dave Crossland
Happy to help with the form design

Since production is voluntary I can only meet it where it is and attenot to
grow it :)
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Re: [IAEP] Sugarlabs and Sugar are different

2016-06-27 Thread Dave Crossland
Attempt
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Re: [IAEP] Sugarlabs and Sugar are different

2016-06-27 Thread Sameer Verma
On Sun, Jun 26, 2016 at 1:19 PM, Dave Crossland  wrote:

> Hi
>
> Sameer, thanks for this! Please can I repost this on the youtube channel,
> https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfsR9AEb7HuPRAc14jfiI6g, with a CC-BY
> license ? :)
>
>
I don't think it's very useful on the Youtube channel, as that's outward
facing. I did this primarily for our community, and to explain all that in
emails is hard, hence the screencast. I'd say leave it as webm on the wiki
for now, with annotations, as necessary.


> Here's an auto transcription:
> https://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Vision_proposal_2016/Call_2
>
>
Thanks. I think your notes (below) are a lot more useful.


> On 24 June 2016 at 18:20, Sameer Verma  wrote:
>>
>>
>
> 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.
>> https://wiki.sugarlabs.org/images/1/18/Sugarlabs-strategy-overview.webm
>>
>
> In the period 0m-7m, you say that that there should be 2 units of
> analysis, for Sugar Labs and for Sugar, and therefore 2 separate sets
> of Vision/Mission/Goals/etc, but these should be aligned. Is this correct?
>
>
Yes, that's what we should aim to do, but more so on the Vision and Mission
level. The Goals etc. can be different, as long as these support their
respective Vision and Mission.


>
> Then 8m-18m, you describe a 7 phase model of a firm:
>
>

5 phase chain, which includes supply and demand sides.


1. Inbound logistics (capital goods, labour)
>
> 2. Operations (production, combination of capital goods and labour to
> produce commodities; Sugar Labs )
>
> 3. Outbound Logistics (distribution, shipping, go to market; eg each sugar
> release being minted, and then a distro packaging it, or OLPC taking a
> sugar release and combining it with some distro)
>
> 4. Marketing and Sales (managing perceptions, which for a software freedom
> project is often not sales as in exchange of commodities for money, but
> instead the success of propaganda at converting neutral people to advocates
> who agree with the ideology)
>
> 5. Service (Consulting, eg the process of working with schools to realise
> the value created in earlier stages which may be obvious to us but not to
> them.)
>
> You then group phases 1-3 as 'supply side' and 4-5 as 'demand side,' and
> note that traditionally OLPC has taken care of the demand side while Sugar
> Labs has taken care of the supply side; and note that such partitioning of
> supply/demand often creates conflict in free software projects which have
> more appreciation for the left side than for the right side; and note that
> the demand side needs attention as it increases the value of the software
> created.
>
>
Correct.


> This all seems sage to me :) Did I miss any essential point?
>
>
>
Note: In attempting to increase the value of Sugar by focusing on
Marketing, Sales and Service, we have to at least maintain status quo on
the left side. Unless we have production of a stable code base, the demand
side cannot leverage it.


> Then 18m-31m you describe a 5 phase model of strategy:
>
> 1. Vision (long term) 'dream statement' of where we dream to be in a few
> years - the world we hope to arrive into, the big picture we are moving
> towards.
>
> 2. Mission (long term) what are we, what do we do, why do we do it - this
> should hold good for the same amount of time as the Vision; what exists
> today, that powers us to move towards the Vision
>
> 3. Goals (mid term) expected outcomes that are not measurable, eg
> "Increase adoption of Sugar by non-English-native-speaking children". These
> typically arise from a SWOT analysis.
>
> 4. Objectives (mid term) specific targets that are measurable, eg
> "Increase 8 translation locales from 80% coverage to 100% coverage before
> 2017/1/1"
>
> 5. Tasks (short term) actual activities that are assigned to people to get
> done, eg "Chris Leonard to organize volunteers to meet the translation
> objective."
>
> You noted that typically the common focus of activity of free software
> projects is at the 4-5 level, with bon mots like "release early, release
> often," while 1-2-3 change slowly and typically get much less attention
> from free software project contributors, and the Sugar project isn't alone
> in this.
>
> Again, I concur. Something I found missing from your presentation was a
> guide to how long (ie, in word count) these statements should be. What do
> you think?
>
>
We'll come to that soon. No specific guidelines, but it should be 

Re: [IAEP] Sugarlabs and Sugar are different

2016-06-27 Thread Sameer Verma
On Sun, Jun 26, 2016 at 1:19 PM, Caryl Bigenho <cbige...@hotmail.com> wrote:

> BTW… as with any really good presentation, the slides don't tell the whole
> story, they mearly enhance it. Doing otherwise results in that tragedy
> commonly referred to as "Death By Power-Point." So, please find the time to
> listen and watch the whole thing.
>
> If we are lucky, Sameer will find time to do more like this.
>
> Coming soon :-)

Sameer


> Caryl
>
> > From: d...@lab6.com
> > Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 16:01:36 -0400
> > Subject: Re: [IAEP] Sugarlabs and Sugar are different
> > To: cbige...@hotmail.com
> > CC: sve...@sfsu.edu; sl...@lists.sugarlabs.org; iaep@lists.sugarlabs.org
>
> >
> > On 24 June 2016 at 22:28, Caryl Bigenho <cbige...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> > > On 24 June 2016 at 18:20, Sameer Verma <sve...@sfsu.edu> wrote:
> > >>
> > >> 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.
> > >
> > > 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!
> >
> > I agree. I would like to take Sameer's definitions as definitive. Does
> > anyone disagree with doing so?
>
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Re: [IAEP] Sugarlabs and Sugar are different

2016-06-27 Thread Sameer Verma
On Sun, Jun 26, 2016 at 11:04 AM, Chihurumnaya Ibiam <
ibiamchihurumn...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello Sameer, i couldn't watch the video because of the format (.webm),
> except i am online, because of where i am i can't really watch the video
> online, can i get a download link.
>
> You can right-click and save the webm video. It will play in Firefox or
Chrome/ Chromium natively.

Sameer


> On Sat, Jun 25, 2016 at 11:31 AM, Sameer Verma  wrote:
>
>>
>> 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).
>>
>> https://www.drupal.org/about/mission-and-principles
>> https://assoc.drupal.org/about
>>
>> cheers,
>> Sameer
>> --
>> Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
>> Professor, Information Systems
>> San Francisco State University
>> http://verma.sfsu.edu/
>>
>>
>> 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: 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.
>>> https://wiki.sugarlabs.org/images/1/18/Sugarlabs-strategy-overview.webm
>>>
>>> cheers,
>>> Sameer
>>> --
>>> Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
>>> Professor, Information Systems
>>> San Francisco State University
>>> http://verma.sfsu.edu/
>>>
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Re: [IAEP] Sugarlabs and Sugar are different

2016-06-26 Thread Dave Crossland
Hi

Sameer, thanks for this! Please can I repost this on the youtube channel,
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfsR9AEb7HuPRAc14jfiI6g, with a CC-BY
license ? :)

Here's an auto transcription:
https://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Vision_proposal_2016/Call_2

On 24 June 2016 at 18:20, Sameer Verma  wrote:
>
>

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.
> https://wiki.sugarlabs.org/images/1/18/Sugarlabs-strategy-overview.webm
>

In the period 0m-7m, you say that that there should be 2 units of analysis,
for Sugar Labs and for Sugar, and therefore 2 separate sets
of Vision/Mission/Goals/etc, but these should be aligned. Is this correct?


Then 8m-18m, you describe a 7 phase model of a firm:

1. Inbound logistics (capital goods, labour)

2. Operations (production, combination of capital goods and labour to
produce commodities; Sugar Labs )

3. Outbound Logistics (distribution, shipping, go to market; eg each sugar
release being minted, and then a distro packaging it, or OLPC taking a
sugar release and combining it with some distro)

4. Marketing and Sales (managing perceptions, which for a software freedom
project is often not sales as in exchange of commodities for money, but
instead the success of propaganda at converting neutral people to advocates
who agree with the ideology)

5. Service (Consulting, eg the process of working with schools to realise
the value created in earlier stages which may be obvious to us but not to
them.)

You then group phases 1-3 as 'supply side' and 4-5 as 'demand side,' and
note that traditionally OLPC has taken care of the demand side while Sugar
Labs has taken care of the supply side; and note that such partitioning of
supply/demand often creates conflict in free software projects which have
more appreciation for the left side than for the right side; and note that
the demand side needs attention as it increases the value of the software
created.

This all seems sage to me :) Did I miss any essential point?


Then 18m-31m you describe a 5 phase model of strategy:

1. Vision (long term) 'dream statement' of where we dream to be in a few
years - the world we hope to arrive into, the big picture we are moving
towards.

2. Mission (long term) what are we, what do we do, why do we do it - this
should hold good for the same amount of time as the Vision; what exists
today, that powers us to move towards the Vision

3. Goals (mid term) expected outcomes that are not measurable, eg "Increase
adoption of Sugar by non-English-native-speaking children". These typically
arise from a SWOT analysis.

4. Objectives (mid term) specific targets that are measurable, eg "Increase
8 translation locales from 80% coverage to 100% coverage before 2017/1/1"

5. Tasks (short term) actual activities that are assigned to people to get
done, eg "Chris Leonard to organize volunteers to meet the translation
objective."

You noted that typically the common focus of activity of free software
projects is at the 4-5 level, with bon mots like "release early, release
often," while 1-2-3 change slowly and typically get much less attention
from free software project contributors, and the Sugar project isn't alone
in this.

Again, I concur. Something I found missing from your presentation was a
guide to how long (ie, in word count) these statements should be. What do
you think?

You also noted that while there is no general recommendation for what
duration to consider long, mid or short term - as this is relative to each
given project - and the core idea is that the earlier phases change less
often than the latter ones - you give some recommended durations for the
lifespan of these statements for the Sugar Project.

I therefore propose the following concrete dates for these durations, that
are within your recommended durations:

1. Vision (now - 2020/1/1)

2. Mission (now - 2020/1/1)

3. Goals (now - 2018/1/1)

4. Objectives (now - 2018/1/1)

5. Tasks (now - 2017/1/1)

You also note that this phase strategy is a framework for situating the
SWOT analysis that Sean called for, that is, it is a method for defining
Objectives. You point to the 2x2 matrix graphic on
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SWOT_analysis and note that
Strengths/Weaknesses are internal to the project - aspects that we control
- while Opportunities/Threats are external, beyond our control; and these
can be combined to generate 4 categories of objectives:

1. S + O = things to pursue

2. W + O = things to 

Re: [IAEP] Sugarlabs and Sugar are different

2016-06-26 Thread Caryl Bigenho
BTW… as with any really good presentation, the slides don't tell the whole 
story, they mearly enhance it. Doing otherwise results in that tragedy commonly 
referred to as "Death By Power-Point." So, please find the time to listen and 
watch the whole thing.
If we are lucky, Sameer will find time to do more like this.
Caryl

> From: d...@lab6.com
> Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 16:01:36 -0400
> Subject: Re: [IAEP] Sugarlabs and Sugar are different
> To: cbige...@hotmail.com
> CC: sve...@sfsu.edu; sl...@lists.sugarlabs.org; iaep@lists.sugarlabs.org
> 
> On 24 June 2016 at 22:28, Caryl Bigenho <cbige...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> > On 24 June 2016 at 18:20, Sameer Verma <sve...@sfsu.edu> wrote:
> >>
> >> 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.
> >
> > 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!
> 
> I agree. I would like to take Sameer's definitions as definitive. Does
> anyone disagree with doing so?
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Re: [IAEP] Sugarlabs and Sugar are different

2016-06-26 Thread Dave Crossland
On 24 June 2016 at 22:28, Caryl Bigenho  wrote:
> On 24 June 2016 at 18:20, Sameer Verma  wrote:
>>
>> 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.
>
> 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!

I agree. I would like to take Sameer's definitions as definitive. Does
anyone disagree with doing so?
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Re: [IAEP] Sugarlabs and Sugar are different

2016-06-26 Thread Dave Crossland
On 26 June 2016 at 14:04, Chihurumnaya Ibiam 
wrote:

> Hello Sameer, i couldn't watch the video because of the format (.webm),
> except i am online, because of where i am i can't really watch the video
> online, can i get a download link.
>

It was a download link :) The video URL that Sameer gave is the direct file
URL, so you can visit it and your browser will play it inline, but if you
go File, Save, you'll save the file and then you can watch it with VLC/etc.

On 26 June 2016 at 15:48, Lionel Laské  wrote:

> May be you could share your slides too for those that had no time to see
> the video.
>

+1

BTW there's a (rather bad) youtube autotranscription here -
https://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Vision_proposal_2016/Call_2 - and I'll post a
structured summary shortly in reply to Sameer's email :)
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Re: [IAEP] Sugarlabs and Sugar are different

2016-06-25 Thread Sameer Verma
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).

https://www.drupal.org/about/mission-and-principles
https://assoc.drupal.org/about

cheers,
Sameer
-- 
Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Professor, Information Systems
San Francisco State University
http://verma.sfsu.edu/


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: 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.
> https://wiki.sugarlabs.org/images/1/18/Sugarlabs-strategy-overview.webm
>
> cheers,
> Sameer
> --
> Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
> Professor, Information Systems
> San Francisco State University
> http://verma.sfsu.edu/
>
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Re: [IAEP] Sugarlabs and Sugar are different

2016-06-24 Thread Caryl Bigenho
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: 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. 
https://wiki.sugarlabs.org/images/1/18/Sugarlabs-strategy-overview.webm

cheers,
Sameer
-- 
Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Professor, Information Systems
San Francisco State University
http://verma.sfsu.edu/


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