[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia-l Digest, Vol 105, Issue 1

Sue Gardner sgardner at wikimedia.org
Sun Dec 2 23:52:45 UTC 2012

Hi Pine,

We haven't articulated specific and measurable benefits: that's why you
haven't gotten an answer to your question. That's because the Narrowing
Focus exercise is not a one-off immediate-term event: it's a longer-term
decision which will have multiple implications in this year and in future

The Board approved the general principle: that narrowing focus would
benefit the organization, which had been spread too thinly. But, the
precise implications won't be known until the process begins to play out.
For example, we've made a decision to outsource some of the WMF work
associated with Wikimania, but until we define the terms of the
outsourcing, we can't know what the exact implications will be. (Because we
don't know what it will cost, or what work the contractor/consultant will
be able to do. We *will* know those things in future, and I could make
educated guesses about them now, but we can't know with certainty until we
run an RFP process or similar.)

Upshot: this is a long-term-focused decision, and it'll take a while for
the implications to begin to play out. I've told the Board we shouldn't
expect to see too much in the way of benefits in 2012-13 (the current
fiscal year) because there will be work required to execute the various
components of it, which will offset whatever gain we might otherwise have
seen this year. We may see a little pay-off  this year, but mostly it will
start to happen in 2023-14.

On Dec 2, 2012 3:56 PM, "ENWP Pine" <deyntestiss at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Tilman,
> Thanks, I always like reading these reports.
> Again, I'd like to ask what specific and measurable benefits the "changing
> focus" changes will accomplish. I've been asking this for awhile.
> Thanks,
> Pine
> > Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2012 15:55:37 -0800
> > From: Tilman Bayer <tbayer at wikimedia.org>
> > To: wikimediaannounce-l at lists.wikimedia.org
> > Subject: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia Foundation
> >       Report, October 2012
> > Message-ID:
> >       <CAPDdKA5QRw_+kn=Pdb9Ryc9=
> VpOeZTxXbGFz5KWnCPHee7me8Q at mail.gmail.com>
> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset="windows-1252"
> >
> > Hi all,
> >
> > please find below the WMF report for October 2012, in plain text.
> >
> > As always, the editable and formatted version has been published on Meta:
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Report,_October_2012
> >
> > and the reports are being posted on the Wikimedia blog, too:
> > https://blog.wikimedia.org/c/corporate/wmf-monthly-reports/
> >
> > As usual, we are also publishing a separate "Highlights" summary.
> > Please consider helping non-English-language communities to stay
> > updated, by providing a translation:
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Highlights,_October_2012
> > Many thanks those who have translated the September "Highlights" into
> > Arabic, Breton, Czech, German, Spanish, French, Piedmontese, Russian,
> > Ukrainian, Chinese and Telugu!
> >
> > While still focussing on WMF activities, the "Highlights" include a
> > small selection of the most noteworthy events from the whole movement.
> > Suggestions for the soon to be published November issue are welcome
> > until Wednesday (December 5) at
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Highlights
> >
> > Regards, Tilman
> >
> > --
> >
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