Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2017/Process/Timeline

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Revised dates
Cycle 1 (generate) Sensemaking Cycle 2 (debate) Final sensemaking Cycle 3 (Engage with New Voices content;
drafting group drafts the strategic direction)
Share and finalize Endorsement Phase 2
March 14–April 18 April 18–May 5 May 11–June 12 June 12–June 30 July August and September October Late 2017–2018
This page includes the proposed timeline for the strategy process. It will be updated as more information becomes available.

In early 2017, the movement-wide strategic discussions began. We'll continue to update this page as more information is confirmed.

July 2016 August 2016 September 2016 October 2016
Planning (action plans, resources, timelines):
  • Plan for pre-November work
  • Build stakeholders’ list
Planning (action plans, resources, timelines):
  • Plan Board retreat
  • Identify planned travel and community gatherings
  • Define online consultations
Planning (action plans, resources, timelines):

Confirm all timelines, stakeholders, resources, actions needed

Learning and listening: including strategy exploration (online, offline)

Key venues:

Learning and listening: Kickoff
  • Staff - brown bags and insights group (5 audiences)
  • Board interviews
Learning and listening:
  • Draft summary of findings
Foundation leadership team strategy retreat Wikimedia Foundation Board:

Share key learnings and questions with Board

Audit of past strategy processes:
Community engagement:
  • Build preliminary strategy site on wiki (e.g., tentative timelines)
Community engagement:
  • Updates on wiki (notes, timelines)
Financial and metrics:
  • Evaluate revenue model
  • Explore new metrics to better measure against vision/goals
Financial and metrics:
  • Explore additional revenue models
  • Finalize recommendation for metrics
  • Gather estimates for process budget
November 2016 December 2016 January 2017
Board retreat:
  • Dialogue on key questions
  • Present strategy process for approval
Leadership team retreat:

Prepare kickoff for staff and community


Contracts with external resources, as needed (start)

February 2017 March 2017 April 2017 May 2017 June 2017 July 2017 August 2017
Convene leadership:

Utilize ongoing events

Wikimedia Conference in Berlin: March 31–April 2 Wikimania in Montréal: August 9–13
Community engagement:

Run any preliminary consultations

Cycle 1: March 14–April 18 Cycle 2: May 11–June 12 Cycle 3: July