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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimédia France board handbook
Dear movement fellows,

tl;dr

Please find on Meta the Wikimédia France board handbook (in French)
<
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimédia_France/Guide_du_conseil_d%27administration
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikim%C3%A9dia_France/Guide_du_conseil_d%27administration>
>

== Long story ==

Wikimédia France is moving forward with its continuous improvement process
and wishes for an adapted governance. After revising our organizational
structure [0], and putting in place the systematic evaluation of our
programs [1], we do not want that governance becomes the limiting factor of
our improvement.

Since the hiring of our Executive Director who leads all staff, we were
aware that the board tasks and processes had to evolve. That meant no more
micro-management or "operational" stuff (except for certain board roles)
and focus on strategy.

To that effect, at the occasion of our previous General Assembly, the board
drafted a board handbook [2], heavily inspired by the Wikimedia Foundation
one (thanks for sharing!)

The goal was to make sure every current member of the Board had the same
vision of our governance, and to ensure that applicants for the Board have
a good vision of what it means to be on the Board (expectations, posture,
do's & don'ts, ...) - like a shareholders' agreement.

This shared version is our first iteration as we anticipate to complete, or
adapt, this document according to our governance's evolution. It is
relatively specific to our self-identified strengths and weaknesses. We
also think that it is closely linked to our structure, our background and
local context (relation with our ED, local labour law...).

But despite all these specificities, we have (or will have) similar stages
of development and governance issues: that's why we share with you this
"Handbook", with the hope that the initiative or the contents can be useful
for you - even if it's in French.

== Process ==

The handbook writing was led by Émeric Vallespi, supported by the rest of
the board. It was then shared with a restricted circle where we gathered
input from 6 former board members, with almost 100 comments. We then
communicated the document to our members before the General Assembly, and
finally published it on Meta where it joined the Austrian Kodex in
[[Category:Governance]]. Sharing is caring :)

[0] <
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2013-2014_round2/Wikimédia_France/Proposal_form/Organisational_structure
>
[1] <
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2013-2014_round2/Wikimédia_France/Proposal_form/Quality_approach
>
[2] <
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimédia_France/Guide_du_conseil_d%27administration
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikim%C3%A9dia_France/Guide_du_conseil_d%27administration>
>
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikim%C3%A9dia_France/Guide_du_conseil_d%27administration>

If you have any questions, feel free to shoot them to Émeric ;-)

Cheers,
--
Jean-Frédéric
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimédia France board handbook [ In reply to ]
Fantastic. Good to see another organisation making the sometimes difficult
transition to a strategic board!

Richard Symonds
Wikimedia UK
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On 9 December 2014 at 16:29, Sydney Poore <sydney.poore@gmail.com> wrote:

> Thank you for sharing and also the history of its development.
>
> It's inspiring to see the hard work that you all put into developing this
> important document.
>
> Sydney Poore
> User:FloNight
> Member of FDC
>
> Sydney Poore
> User:FloNight
> Wikipedian in Residence
> at Cochrane Collaboration
>
> On Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 11:24 AM, Jean-Frédéric Berthelot <
> jean-frederic.berthelot@wikimedia.fr> wrote:
>
> > Dear movement fellows,
> >
> > tl;dr
> >
> > Please find on Meta the Wikimédia France board handbook (in French)
> > <
> >
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimédia_France/Guide_du_conseil_d%27administration
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikim%C3%A9dia_France/Guide_du_conseil_d%27administration>
> > <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikim%C3%A9dia_France/Guide_du_conseil_d%27administration
> >
> > <
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikim%C3%A9dia_France/Guide_du_conseil_d%27administration
> > >
> > >
> >
> > == Long story ==
> >
> > Wikimédia France is moving forward with its continuous improvement
> process
> > and wishes for an adapted governance. After revising our organizational
> > structure [0], and putting in place the systematic evaluation of our
> > programs [1], we do not want that governance becomes the limiting factor
> of
> > our improvement.
> >
> > Since the hiring of our Executive Director who leads all staff, we were
> > aware that the board tasks and processes had to evolve. That meant no
> more
> > micro-management or "operational" stuff (except for certain board roles)
> > and focus on strategy.
> >
> > To that effect, at the occasion of our previous General Assembly, the
> board
> > drafted a board handbook [2], heavily inspired by the Wikimedia
> Foundation
> > one (thanks for sharing!)
> >
> > The goal was to make sure every current member of the Board had the same
> > vision of our governance, and to ensure that applicants for the Board
> have
> > a good vision of what it means to be on the Board (expectations, posture,
> > do's & don'ts, ...) - like a shareholders' agreement.
> >
> > This shared version is our first iteration as we anticipate to complete,
> or
> > adapt, this document according to our governance's evolution. It is
> > relatively specific to our self-identified strengths and weaknesses. We
> > also think that it is closely linked to our structure, our background and
> > local context (relation with our ED, local labour law...).
> >
> > But despite all these specificities, we have (or will have) similar
> stages
> > of development and governance issues: that's why we share with you this
> > "Handbook", with the hope that the initiative or the contents can be
> useful
> > for you - even if it's in French.
> >
> > == Process ==
> >
> > The handbook writing was led by Émeric Vallespi, supported by the rest of
> > the board. It was then shared with a restricted circle where we gathered
> > input from 6 former board members, with almost 100 comments. We then
> > communicated the document to our members before the General Assembly, and
> > finally published it on Meta where it joined the Austrian Kodex in
> > [[Category:Governance]]. Sharing is caring :)
> >
> > [0] <
> >
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2013-2014_round2/Wikimédia_France/Proposal_form/Organisational_structure
> > >
> > [1] <
> >
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2013-2014_round2/Wikimédia_France/Proposal_form/Quality_approach
> > >
> > [2] <
> >
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimédia_France/Guide_du_conseil_d%27administration
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikim%C3%A9dia_France/Guide_du_conseil_d%27administration>
> > <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikim%C3%A9dia_France/Guide_du_conseil_d%27administration
> >
> > <
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikim%C3%A9dia_France/Guide_du_conseil_d%27administration
> > >
> > >
> > <
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikim%C3%A9dia_France/Guide_du_conseil_d%27administration
> > >
> >
> > If you have any questions, feel free to shoot them to Émeric ;-)
> >
> > Cheers,
> > --
> > Jean-Frédéric
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimédia France board handbook [ In reply to ]
>
> Hi, and thanks for your support :)


Yes, thanks all for your kind words :)


> Another good exemple why we need to improve the Translation system
>
> on-wiki and allow to start from non-english source.
>
> So true!
>
> So true!
>

As a reminder, this is tracked in Phabricator:
<https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T37489>

Émeric wrote :

> Sure Winifred, I will add a learning pattern, actually it's on my
> to-do list!


By which he literally means he got assigned a Trello card for this ;-)

--
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