Hi Lila,

Your email references the mission throughout, which is published as a
mission statement[1] and has been stable in wording since 2007. Could
you please use the wording from the mission statement, rather than
paraphrasing as "our mission of ubiquitous shared knowledge"?

I know this will be seen as a bit picky, but having worked in the area
of developing and implementing organizational strategy, I am keenly
aware that an accurate and precise adherence to a defined mission is
key to avoiding later mission creep or propagating flaws in
understanding; for example "disseminate" or "global" are entirely
different from "ubiquitous". The annual plan is carefully reviewed
against the top level mission and I'm sure everyone wants it to
accurately be measured for success in this way.

Your comments on improving the volunteer consultation process were
appreciated. I look forward to this being better next year and will
try to take part in time.

1. https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Mission_statement

fae...@gmail.com https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Fae

On 2 July 2015 at 03:09, Lila Tretikov <l...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
> All,
> I want to provide an update on the Annual Plan. I’m happy to let you know
> that the Board of Trustees has approved the proposed 2015-­16 Wikimedia
> Foundation annual plan. Thank you for your patience as we have worked to
> incorporate your feedback and review with the Board.
> The approved plan includes $68.2 million in revenue, with $65 million of
> spending and $3.2 million for the reserve. In addition, we will raise $5
> million for our endowment, which will help secure long-term support for our
> mission. In total, this accounts for a 17% growth in total budget. The plan
> also includes a stretch goal of exceeding the fundraising target by 20% to
> contribute additional funds to the reserve. The approved and updated plan
> is now available here
> <https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/2015-2016_Annual_Plan>.
> In our last Metrics Meeting, I presented an emerging strategy for the
> Wikimedia Foundation that focused on building a strong core in the
> near-term, allowing for innovation in the long-term toward our mission of
> ubiquitous shared knowledge. Strengthening our core has been our focus over
> this past year. We published the Call to Action
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Communications/State_of_the_Wikimedia_Foundation#2015_Call_to_Action>,
> which refocused us on community and technology, introducing new thinking
> and skills to the WMF, and improved products for the world.
> We have made significant changes this past year that are showing early
> results. But this is just a start.  The world is changing rapidly in areas
> like mobile, user behavior, media formats, and access to knowledge. In
> order to make free knowledge available for generations to come, we need to
> continually improve our work and challenge our thinking. The Annual Plan
> for this year is focused on building our capabilities as a springboard for
> future innovation.
> In this year’s plan, budget adjustments are designed to fill in the gaps in
> current user needs, in particular in the areas of community (including
> affiliates and partners), technology, and communication. The plan builds on
> the foundational work from this past year, when we set up team structures
> and introduced new focus to align our organization with communities and
> demands for knowledge. For the first time, this year’s plan also introduces
> a Quarterly Metrics Scorecard to track our progress on delivering on our
> commitments. We will use both top-level and departmental metrics to measure
> our progress and report back.
> I also want to acknowledge some of the issues with this year’s Annual Plan
> process. We shared the first draft with you late, giving you limited time
> to provide feedback. We introduced a new, lighter weight format in the
> first iteration that left some of you with questions about proposed
> changes. This final, approved version has been updated to clarify our
> rationale, incorporate the feedback we did receive, link our plans to
> success metrics, and orient the next year within a broader strategy. As
> always, we continue to iterate toward a better process. Going forward we
> plan to have an extended window for your review and comments so we can
> refine our plan with your valuable feedback in mind.
> Thank you. I look forward to working together as we continue to strengthen
> our core capabilities to support our mission and prepare for our emerging
> strategy.
> ~~~Lila
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