Hi Nicole,

Generally I like how the groups are organized. I have a few questions and

1. The Product & Technology working group seems like it has a large scope
for a single group. Also, the people who are in that working group will
probably want to sync with TechCom and with the "Platform Evolution"
initiative. Have you considered dividing this group's responsibilities into
two (or more) groups, and how to synchronize this group's work with TechCom
and the Platform Evolution initiative?

2. It appears that Working Groups page asks for members of the groups to
commit to a minimum of five hours per week for nine months. That seems to
be a very high commitment to ask from volunteers, especially when people
would be adding their WG activities on top of their existing
responsibilities and/or de-prioritize other valuable Wikimedia activities
in favor of WG activity. Also, if I estimate 10 members per group times 9
groups times 5 hours per week times 39 weeks, then that means that the WG
activities would consume 17,550 volunteer hours, which seems excessive. I
suggest that you reduce the commitment that you request to an average of
one hour per week per person, which would likely result in more people
being willing to volunteer and reduce the diversion of people's time from
other valuable activities, and that you accordingly make any necessary
adjustments to plans for paid staff to support the WGs.

3. Has the budget for the 2nd phase of the strategy process been published?
I am not asking for a promise that the process will cost a fixed amount,
but I would hope to see detailed cost estimates and explanations of how
estimates were made.


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On Tue, Jun 12, 2018 at 6:24 PM, Nicole Ebber <nicole.eb...@wikimedia.de>

> Dear Wikimedians,
> Following up on Katherine’s email from last week[1], we are today
> opening the call for Working Group members for 9 Thematic Areas (yes,
> we added one more!).
> == Working Group members ==
> The Working Groups will map the present situation of their Thematic
> Area, the obstacles and opportunities, as well as needed changes to
> advance our movement in our strategic direction. They will identify
> possible strategies for making these changes and develop concrete
> recommendations for the movement on how to ratify and implement
> them.[2]
> Working Group members will need to be able to invest a minimum of 5
> hours per week, but that time might vary depending on the workflow
> that each group agrees upon. Members of the Working Groups are
> expected to act in the interest of the movement, not in the interest
> of their own organization or community.
> == Selection of members ==
> We are looking for a maximum of 15 members for each of the 9 groups.
> For best results we will need a diverse set of members from across the
> movement. We have developed a set of criteria, to ensure the necessary
> expertise, diversity, and representation.[3] We will assemble a
> Steering Committee to decide upon membership of the Working Groups in
> close coordination with the Core Strategy Team.[4]
> == Apply to become a working group member ==
> We encourage everyone with an interest in the strategic conversations
> to apply for becoming a Working Group member in their topic of
> expertise. We recommend that movement organizations and groups create
> internal processes for the selection of their candidates to avoid
> multiple, competing applications.
> The call will be open until June 25, 2018. ***Please apply via this
> application form.[5]*** To prepare your application, you can consult
> the overview of the questions asked in the form on Meta.[6]
> == Next steps ==
> We expect to be able to announce the Working Group members in the
> second week of July, so that the working groups can be assembled,
> onboarded and ready to start working before Wikimania. The first step
> for the groups will be to agree upon their set-up and scope of work.
> At Wikimania, we plan to convene the attending Working Group members
> in the Strategy Space to discuss and refine their road to the
> recommendations and ensure exchange between the groups.[7]
> We invite you all to familiarize yourselves with the existing
> documentation of the Working Group(s) of your interest,[8] add
> comments, additional input or share your concerns via talk pages Your
> comments will be then be taken into consideration by the respective
> Working Groups.
> We are looking forward to working and having these long-awaited
> conversations with many of you!
> In the name of the Strategy Core Team,
> Nicole
> [1] https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2018-
> June/090417.html
> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_
> movement/2018-20/Working_Groups
> [3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_
> movement/2018-20/Working_Groups#Who_should_join_the_Working_Groups?
> [4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_
> movement/2018-20/Working_Groups/Steering_Committee
> [5] https://goo.gl/forms/zVElm0hLT9eZvqwF3
> [6] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_
> movement/2018-20/Working_Groups/Apply/Form
> [7] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_
> movement/2018-20/Working_Groups#What_is_the_timeline_for_Working_Groups?
> [8] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_
> movement/2018-20/Working_Groups#What_are_the_key_thematic_areas?
> --
> Nicole Ebber
> Adviser International Relations
> Wikimedia Movement Strategy Process Lead
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