We are doing this at https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Technical_Collaboration/Strategy
Completing this task requires many steps that will be documented here.
We will try to align our teams' strategy with the WMF Strategy 2016 process, which has this calendar for a first iteration:
- January 11: Put up pages for translation (done)
- January 18: Launch of community consultation on key questions
- February 15: Close of consultation
- By February 26: Release synthesis of consultation
- By March 4: Publish first draft strategy for comment
The goal of this first iteration is to inform the WMF Annual Plan FY 2016-17. In a similar vein, our teams' strategy should inform our annual plan. Needless to say, our strategy should be consistent also with the WMF Strategy. We cannot define these plans independently from each other.
In the way the calendars for strategy and annual plan work, we cannot complete the strategy before starting the annual plan. Even if sometimes it will be counterintuitive, we will need to make several iterations and some assumptions along the way.
Once we complete this first iteration, we will decide whether we want to keep polishing the strategy immediately, or whether we set it aside in order to focus on other tasks and come back to it later.
There are many ways to define a strategy for a team (and many books about this topic, if someone is interested). In our case we will go for a process that puts the focus on simplicity and iterations. This method is extracted and adapted from Playing to win, a book that other teams at the WMF are finding useful.
We need to answer five questions:
What is our aspiration?
The purpose of our team. Our guiding aspiration.
Where will we play?
Which areas do we choose to play?
How will we succeed?
What are the strengths that we will use ?
What capabilities must be in place?
What skills and activities must exist?
What management systems are required?
What type of processes and organization support we need?
A first iterations answering a question probably requires further iterations in the other answers. Note that choices are important: by deciding where we play we are also deciding where we are not going to play, etc.
Since we don't have much time, maybe we can aim to find a first version of an answer to each question every week. Five questions, five weeks.