ACM SIGGRAPH 2001 Strategic Planning Meeting

Sedona, Arizona
September 28-30, 2001

The ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Committee and six invited guests gathered in Sedona, Arizona, to determine concrete goals for the upcoming year. This was the third year in a cycle of organizational planning, with each year building on the previous year's work. In the fall of 1999, we held an Executive Committee retreat and set organizational priorities based on the earlier determined mission and values. From this base, we developed the ACM SIGGRAPH Strategic plan.

In the fall of 2000, we met in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with some additional experts in computer graphics, and we used a scenario-based method to determine how to adapt to and lead a rapidly changing field. Globalization and the "Hub," a greatly enhanced and personalized online presence emerged as key organizational goals in our report on the Wyoming meeting.

In September, 2001, building upon the strategic plan and the earlier scenario based strategic planning, we set a specific number of goals that are to be accomplished during this year. This meeting, facilitated by Gayle Magee, was based on the "Best Year Yet" organizational planning method and book by Jinny S. Ditzler. This method is intended to help a group determine the top ten goals that they feel they must accomplish during the next year. The process involves a look at accomplishments and disappointments from the past year, a review of lessons learned, and a discussion of limitations that we place on ourselves.

The result of the meeting was a list of goals and a discussion of how we will ensure that we accomplish these goals. We arrived at about twenty goals and assigned project leaders to the top ten goals. The top goals were identified by having the meeting participants each vote for the five goals they felt we should most pursue, based on not just the desirability of the goal but also whether it was well-defined and whether it was achievable within a one-year timeframe.  A few other goals were also picked up by volunteer project leaders. All current goals are listed below, along with the project leader for each goal, and a summary of how that goal supports the goals in the ACM SIGGRAPH Strategic Plan. These goals are intended to be accomplished by July 1, 2002.

In addition to the ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Committee, some leaders in computer graphics were invited so that we could ensure that our diverse community was represented. We thank the following colleagues for taking time from their busy schedules to help us with our planning: David Arnold, Alain Chesnais, Bill Kroyer, Craig Reynolds, Kathryn Saunders, and Turner Whitted.

Goals for ACM SIGGRAPH for the year 2001 – 2002.

For each goal, the project leader is listed, and the goals from the ACM SIGGRAPH Strategic Plan that are supported by this activity are highlighted.

1)     Complete an online membership survey by May EC meeting with at least 300 responses - Leo Hourvitz

a)     Supports Strategic Plan Goal 4. Develop and maintain an effective organization to accomplish these goals.

i)      Be a membership organization in which members take pride.

ii)     Seek new membership opportunities.

iii)   Strive for effective communication among volunteers and members.

2)     Complete Hub prototype implementation by September 2002 - David Ebert, Gudrun Enger, Leo Hourvitz

i)      --Have S2002 presentations available online by 9/1/02 and develop plan for sustainability

ii)     --Complete implementation of Ask Dr. SIGGRAPH, threaded newsgroups, and news alliances

b)    Supports Strategic Plan Goal 1. Be the premier catalyst for the advancement of computer graphics and interactive technologies.

i)      Develop personalized and greatly expanded online services for year-round online access.

c)     Supports Strategic Plan Goal 3. Promote computer graphics and interactive techniques through education and professional development.

i)      Provide information to educators, both those who teach computer graphics and those who use computer graphics to teach other disciplines.

ii)     Provide information to educators who use computer graphics to teach other disciplines

iii)   Promote student membership and access to SIGGRAPH materials and activities.

3)     Take steps to make as much conference content online as possible (sketches, courses, etc.) by January 2002 - Stephen Spencer

i)      --Modify the permissions form.

b)    Supports Strategic Plan Goal 1. Be the premier catalyst for the advancement of computer graphics and interactive technologies.

i)      Develop personalized and greatly expanded online services for year-round online access.

c)     Supports Strategic Plan Goal 3. Promote computer graphics and interactive techniques through education and professional development.

i)      Provide information to educators, both those who teach computer graphics and those who use computer graphics to teach other disciplines.

ii)     Provide information to educators who use computer graphics to teach other disciplines

iii)   Promote student membership and access to SIGGRAPH materials and activities.

4)     Determine a public relations task force to define opportunities to enhance the "brand identity" of ACM SIGGRAPH by January - Bill Kroyer and Gudrun Enger

a)     Supports Strategic Plan Goal 2. Foster the innovative and creative application of computer graphics and interactive techniques.

i)      Attract new disciplines to the field.

b)    Supports Strategic Plan Goal 4. Develop and maintain an effective organization to accomplish these goals.

i)      Be a membership organization in which members take pride.

ii)     Seek new membership opportunities.

iii)   Strive for effective communication among volunteers and members.

5)     Finish pre-1985 conference proceedings digitization project by March 2002 - Stephen Spencer

a)     Supports Strategic Plan Goal 1. Be the premier catalyst for the advancement of computer graphics and interactive technologies.

i)      Develop personalized and greatly expanded online services for year-round online access.

b)    Supports Strategic Plan Goal 3. Promote computer graphics and interactive techniques through education and professional development.

i)      Provide information to educators, both those who teach computer graphics and those who use computer graphics to teach other disciplines.

ii)     Promote student membership and access to SIGGRAPH materials and activities.

iii)   Be a reliable, objective source of information about computer graphics and interactive techniques.

6)     Have effective project management process in place by July 2002 Erica Johnson and Dino Schweitzer

i)      Create a template with goals, timeline, evaluation criteria, resources, monitoring, and reporting by November 1, 2001, with reporting to include dependency, exceptions, monthly and final reports.

b)    Supports Strategic Plan Goal 4. Develop and maintain an effective organization.

i)      Continually monitor progress and success.

ii)     Ensure that all ACM SIGGRAPH activities, products, and processes exhibit a high degree of excellence.

7)     Come up with Volunteer Information Piece and Volunteer Information Manual by April 2002 - Gudrun Enger.

i)      Each Executive Committee member will write 3 job descriptions by January, 2002.

ii)     Expand potential volunteer base by May, 02.

b)    Supports Strategic Plan Goal 4. Develop and maintain an effective organization.

i)      Be an organization that values its volunteers for their skills, commitment, and mentoring of new volunteers.

ii)     Strive for effective communication among volunteers and members.

8)     Document financial policies and procedures (as part of larger Policies and Procedures development) by June 30, 2002 -Garry Paxinos

a)     Supports Strategic Plan Goal 4. Develop and maintain an effective organization.

i)      Strive for effective communication among volunteers and members.

ii)     Continually monitor progress and success.

iii)   Ensure that all ACM SIGGRAPH activities, products, and processes exhibit a high degree of excellence.

9)     Create a review committee to explore the "Traveling SIGGRAPH Show" -- two hour live lecture/presentation program featuring conference speakers that opens the Traveling Art Show -- and provide report by June 2002 - Gudrun Enger, with help from Bill Kroyer

a)     Supports Strategic Plan Goal 3. Promote computer graphics and interactive techniques through education and professional development.

i)      Provide information to educators, both those who teach computer graphics and those who use computer graphics to teach other disciplines.

ii)     Provide information to educators who use computer graphics to teach other disciplines

iii)   Provide educational opportunities to help computer graphics professionals get started.

iv)    Be a reliable, objective source of information about computer graphics and interactive techniques.

v)     Promote the field of computer graphics in terms understood by decision makers, including funding agencies, politicians, and university and industrial administrators.

b)    Supports Strategic Plan Goal 4. Develop and maintain an effective organization.

i)      Strive for effective communication among volunteers and members.

10)   Create an online "chapter bullets" page for quarterly update of activities by chapter officers to be presented at Chapters committee meeting in Nov 2001 - Thierry Frey

a)      Supports Strategic Plan Goal 2. Foster the innovative and creative application of computer graphics and interactive techniques.

i)      Provide networking opportunities to enable cross-fertilization.

b)    Supports Strategic Plan Goal 3. Promote computer graphics and interactive techniques through education and professional development.

i)      Provide educational opportunities to help computer graphics professionals get started.

c)      Supports Strategic Plan Goal 4. Develop and maintain an effective organization.

i)      Strive for effective communication among volunteers and members.

11)   Actively promote computer graphics throughout the world - Alan Chalmers.

i)      Take delegation to Oceania by April, 2002.

ii)     Develop contacts for future delegation to India by August, 2002.

iii)   This is an ongoing goal

b)    Supports Strategic Plan Goal 1. Be the premier catalyst for the advancement of computer graphics and interactive technologies.

i)      Be a catalyst for research and development in fields that demand new technology in computer graphics and interactive techniques.

c)     Supports Strategic Plan Goal 2. Foster the innovative and creative application of computer graphics and interactive techniques.

i)      Provide networking opportunities to enable cross-fertilization.

ii)     Foster collaborations and interdisciplinary interactions that will advance computer graphics and interactive technologies.

d)     Supports Strategic Plan Goal 3. Promote computer graphics and interactive techniques through education and professional development.

i)      Promote student membership and access to SIGGRAPH materials and activities.

ii)     Be a reliable, objective source of information about computer graphics and interactive techniques.

iii)   Promote the field of computer graphics in terms understood by decision makers, including funding agencies, politicians, and university and industrial administrators.

e)     Supports Strategic Plan Goal 4. Develop and maintain an effective organization.

i)      Seek new membership opportunities.

f)     Supports Strategic Plan Goal 5. Pursue involvement from the entire worldwide community in computer graphics and interactive techniques.

i)      Collaborate with other societies worldwide in the advancement of computer graphics and interactive techniques, helping to form new societies when appropriate.

ii)     Because ACM SIGGRAPH is an international society, keep globalization and global thinking as an essential part of all Supports Strategic planning.

12)   Determine service and evaluation plan between ACM SIGGRAPH and ACM by July 2002 - Judy Brown and Erica Johnson

a)      Have a high level meeting with ACM staff by Dec 2001 [to include the ACM president, high level headquarters staff, ACM SIGGRAPH President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Director for Communications.]

b)     Supports Strategic Plan Goal 4. Develop and maintain an effective organization.

i)      Continually monitor progress and success.

ii)     Ensure that all ACM SIGGRAPH activities, products, and processes exhibit a high degree of excellence.

13)   Set up infrastructure to continue to support twice-a-year campfires as a forum to validate possible multidisciplinary interaction by June 2002 – Alan Chalmers.

a)     Supports Strategic Plan Goal 1. Be the premier catalyst for the advancement of computer graphics and interactive technologies.

i)      Be a catalyst for research and development in the field of computer graphics and interactive techniques.

ii)     Be a catalyst for research and development in fields that demand new technology in computer graphics and interactive techniques.

b)    Supports Strategic Plan Goal 2. Foster the innovative and creative application of computer graphics and interactive techniques.

i)      Attract new disciplines to the field.

ii)     Provide networking opportunities to enable cross-fertilization.

iii)   Foster collaborations and interdisciplinary interactions that will advance computer graphics and interactive technologies.

14)   Initiate endowment of a computer graphics chair at a university in southern Africa by February, 2003 – Alan Chalmers.

a)     Supports Supports Strategic Plan Goal 5. Pursue involvement from the entire worldwide community in computer graphics and interactive techniques.

i)      Collaborate with other societies worldwide in the advancement of computer graphics and interactive techniques, helping to form new societies when appropriate.

ii)     Because ACM SIGGRAPH is an international society, keep globalization and global thinking as an essential part of all Supports Strategic planning.