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Open Collective Roadmap: September 2019 - January 2020 #2453

piamancini opened this issue Sep 24, 2019 · 0 comments


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@piamancini piamancini commented Sep 24, 2019


The goal of this roadmap is to provide clarity for the core team and our community about our priorities for the next 6 months. While these are the projects we'll be working on, life happens and iterations might take place.

Top level priority for the team is:
Being sustainable in the next 12 months while supporting our mission and our community in a way aligned with our values.

Roadmap Priorities are aligned with this goal and our framework.

Prioritization Framework

We are a small team and hence we need to work hard to be focused and aligned. When we decide which project / feature to prioritize we judge them against the following questions:

  • Does this serve our mission? (We are on a mission to help collaborative groups collect and spend money transparently)
  • Will this make us financially sustainable within a year?
  • Is it feasible to build and maintain with our team and runway?
  • Can this make us move faster?
  • Does this increase quality and not technical debt?
  • Will this bring us more Collective and financial contributors?
  • Is this already solved elsewhere or is it our unique contribution?
  • Can we measure the success of this?

New Collective Page

In response to your feedback, we've made some big improvements to the design and functionality of Collective pages (and individual and organization profiles too).
Owner: @piamancini
Status: v1 Shipped 09-23-2019
Related complaints and support requests
Fewer people contacting us instead of projects
Conversions to contribution flow
Increasing one-time donations
More custom tiers
How many Collectives use customization options
Page load time

Homepage Redesign

We are re-focusing on projects that want to manage funds through the platform and we are re doing our homepage accordingly.
Owner: @xdamman
Status: In Progress
Launch: October
Collectives create from homepage
Page load time
Clarity of message (qualitative) - we feel confident about

Onboarding Flow & Business Model

Our goal is to enable communities to become sustainable. We helped raise more than $7M across more than 2,800 collectives hosted by more than 100 different fiscal hosts. Our philosophy has always been to create more value than we capture but if we want to continue being a force for good, we need to make sure that we are ourselves sustainable.

To refocus the company and to make sure that we can support all those collectives no matter their source of funding, we would love to move to a monthly fee per collective of $20-$10/month. This will also allow us to help collectives get more than just financial contributions

Issue: #2366 and #2251
Owner: @xdamman
Status: Researching
Launch: TBD
More self-hosted and unhosted Collectives created
Increase per-Collective revenue

Expense Flow Redesign

Issue: #2394
Owner: @alanna (and @piamancini)
Status: Design
Implementation: End of October
More expenses filed
Less support requests
Less host admin time spent
Way fewer issues with invoices (fewer expense comments)
Use of the new features (ex batch expenses)

Back your Stack

Owner: @znarf
Status: Ready to Deploy
Subscriptions created to Back your Stack.

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