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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Strategic Planning: Website
Date Fri, 01 Mar 2013 15:19:29 GMT
I apologize in advance for talking like a corporation.  But I think
there is some good things we can borrow from corporate thinking, and
one is to discuss and adopt long-term strategic plans.  The danger of
not doing this is that continually focus on what is immediately in
front of our eyes, working on short-term, urgent activities, but never
accomplish the grand things that can only be done with a big effort
over time.

To me a strategic plan means we look at where things are today, what
works, what doesn't.  Then we step back and ask ourselves what our
goals should be over the next few years.  Maybe even the next year.
But generally, thinking long-term, beyond the next release, beyond the
activities that we already have on our plates.

Developing a shared vision for where we want to go is critical to
long-term success.

As an example, I drafted some ideas on our websites and the challenges
and opportunities there:

I'd love to hear your thoughts, and see your improvements or corrections.

I'd also encourage anyone who has an interest to draft a similar
strategic plan for other areas, such as the AOO product itself,
Documentation, Development process/Build, Marketing, etc.  Note: part
of this is being honest about what is not working well, as what is
working well.  So please be critical, but constructive.



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