[Global_industry_committee] [Owasp-leaders] Moving to Global Initiatives Program & Retiring Committee Structure
colin.watson at owasp.org
Fri Feb 15 08:47:30 UTC 2013
I agree with you. There are many merits in the global initiatives
programme, and having somewhere central to request help is extremely
useful. But yes, I think there still needs to be other forums that are
neither projects nor initiatives (and I don't mean the Leaders'
I would like to see the GIC continue, even if the board decides to
kill the other committees off. It is very useful to have some
formalisation when approaching third parties such as CISOs, industry
bodies and government agencies.
Perhaps people who contribute in other committees will have similar
feelings about their work.
The current list of "global" initiatives seems to be swamped by a
regional conference's requirements.
On 15 February 2013 04:28, Tobias <tobias.gondrom at owasp.org> wrote:
> 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
> 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
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> 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
> At this time we are retiring the committee structure and completely moving
> to the Global Initiatives Program
> 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
> 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
> 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.
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