[Global_industry_committee] [Owasp-leaders] Moving to Global Initiatives Program & Retiring Committee Structure

Tobias tobias.gondrom at owasp.org
Fri Feb 15 04:28:24 UTC 2013

Hi Michael,

interesting news.
I am sorry that I will not be able to attend the call today as the email
was a little bit short notice.

Also I have one comment: I had a couple of conversations with Eoin
during the last AppSec and my understanding was that we would have a
smooth transition, with initiatives coming up and any functioning
committees to continue their duty for any long-term goals, especially
for the GIC as this group is effectively functioning, though not as good
as it could be.

I respect your decision to shut down all committees, but it would really
have been nice to inform the committees first so we can prepare a
transition to the initiatives.

And just to be clear, I am a supporter of the initiatives and was
actually one of the very first to quickly already use some of them for
projects to work on, however, I believe the GIC has been and still
should be a good place for a stable platform for long-term industry
goals, contacts and relations.
In my understanding the purpose of initiatives is to be short lived
projects, not for multi-year long-term relations and goals. Therefore I
am not sure how we can transfer that long-term aspect of the GIC into an
initiative, but I will be happy to try.

As I unfortunately can not make the call today, maybe we can have a
conversation about how and in which form you want to address these
requirements going forward.

Best regards, Tobias

Tobias Gondrom
Ex-Chair of the Global Industry Committee  ;-)
email: tobias.gondrom at owasp.org
mobile: +852 56002975
mobile: +44 7521003005

On 14/02/13 15:55, Michael Coates wrote:
> OWASP has grown significantly over our 10+ years of existence. As
> we've grown the community has adapted and changed in many ways. Nearly
> five years ago at the first OWASP Summit we created the global
> committees. This structure created new channels where interested
> OWASP'ers could help shape and grow the OWASP organization. Over those
> five years we've seen many great results from the committees and many
> people have contributed countless hours to further OWASP.
> As we've continued growing it is now time to make another pivot. The
> committee structure provided many successes but now there is a better
> structure that will accommodate a growing population of interested
> OWASP volunteers. 
> At this time we are retiring the committee structure and completely
> moving to the Global Initiatives Program
> (https://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_Initiatives_Global_Strategic_Focus).
> The Global Initiatives program will be the new way for any interested
> individual to find and volunteer to assist with OWASP activities.  The
> Global Initiatives program is a single place where individuals can
> post new ideas to rally a team or can look for other activities that
> are in need of assistance.
> This transition will allow for further involvement within OWASP by:
> * Creating smaller, task focused objectives for OWASP'ers to volunteer
> * Minimize barriers and red tape for OWASP'ers
> * Create projects with natural end dates so OWASP'ers aren't required
> to make multi-year commitments just to get involved
> * Provides tasks that are short or long term commitments -- OWASP'ers
> can match their availability and desired commitment with the best
> initiative in need of resources
> * Enables easier recognition for all the great contributions from our
> OWASP'ers
> The efforts put forth in the committees was truly valued. While the
> structure may be changing, we encourage and welcome all of the great
> volunteers from the former committees to continue growing OWASP
> through the Global Initiatives program.
> We're all excited about this new transition and hope to see many more
> OWASP'ers contributing and spreading application security.
> Want to talk more about the OWASP global initiatives program? Join the
> monthly call. Next meeting is February 14^th . 
>   * February 14, 2013 10am EST (GMT -5)
>     <https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/628299286>
>   * February 14, 2013 9pm EST (GMT -5
>     <https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/350619470>
> --
> Michael Coates | OWASP | @_mwc
> OWASP Board
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