Thanks Luis. I am trying to wrap my mind around the strategy process and
how it interfaces with the many moving pieces in the Wikimedia universe.

A comment that I've heard from staff is that strategies and priorities seem
to shift frequently. This results in confusion and lack of clarity. Once
there is a coherent strategy that emerges from this process, will it remain
set for the next 12-24 months? (Even 12 months seems rather short. Perhaps
we could be looking at longer-term horizons and higher aspirations, with
clearly defined intermediate SMART goals.)


On Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 4:56 PM, Luis Villa <> wrote:

> On Mon, Jan 18, 2016 at 6:23 PM, Pine W <> wrote:
> > 2. You wrote, "This is a major step to help us prioritize the work of the
> > Foundation beginning in July 2016 and running for the next 12 to 24
> months
> > thereafter into a strategic plan." It seems that there will be some
> overlap
> > in the development of the 2016-2017 Annual Plan, and that the completion
> > of
> > the strategic plan process will come too late to significantly influence
> > the AP until after the AP is already being executed. Can you share with
> us
> > which principles are being used to guide the development of the 2016-2017
> > Annual Plan which this document [1] is scheduled to be published for
> > community review on March 31, 2016?
> >
> We mentioned this briefly in the FAQ
> <>,
> but let me elaborate here:
> "We also need to finalize the Foundation’s strategy quickly, so that we can
> meet our 2016 Annual Plan deadlines and align our team and department
> strategies with the overall strategy."
> In other words, we really are waiting on the results of the public
> discussion before making our biggest annual plan choices. :) This is part
> of why the process is somewhat rushed; if we planned to use *other*
> principles,
> we could have had a multi-month process, but we really do want to use the
> outcome of this process to help guide the annual plan, so we do have to
> make it a bit tighter than we might otherwise have liked.
> We're splitting things up into "core" and "strategic" to help make this
> process fit together better: that will allow us to do initial planning on
> issues we expect will not be affected by strategy (e.g., "keep servers on")
> while waiting for the outcome of the public discussion.
> (For those who are curious for more details, I also addressed this somewhat
> in my metrics meeting talk
> <>
> last week, and the question
> <> at
> the end of it.)
> Hope that helps answer that question-
> Luis
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