[Owasp-board] (come on guys vote on this) Re: Membership assistance - Vote Required

Eoin eoin.keary at owasp.org
Mon Nov 8 17:52:04 UTC 2010

I vote yes

On 8 November 2010 13:27, dinis cruz <dinis.cruz at owasp.org> wrote:

> I vote YES
> I think this is a very important addition to OWASP capabilities since we
> are now starting to have a decent revenue stream from our memberships and
> the 'personal touch' with our members makes a massive difference.
> Kate, the only small change that I would like to propose to your job spec
> is that this resource is explicitly allocated to the Membership Committee
> (MC). This would allow the MC to feel more empowered and to manage the
> resource themselves (this should have a couple minor operational details,
> for example the MC should be involved from the beginning)
> Re the decision, so far we have 2 YES votes (me and David), Tom was not
> an explicit NO (but was close) and we are missing Jeff, Seba, Eoin and
> Matt's vote (Kate, from now on, every time that there is a vote like this on
> the table, please resend the original email every 3 or 4 days)
> Kate once you have 4 votes, run with it :)
> And Financially, taking into account this addition, please move up the
> "OWASP 1x Year Contingency Fund" from the current 200k USD to 215k USD.
> Thanks
> Dinis Cruz
> Blog: http://diniscruz.blogspot.com
> Twitter: http://twitter.com/DinisCruz
> Web: http://www.owasp.org/index.php/O2
> On 4 November 2010 17:49, Kate Hartmann <kate.hartmann at owasp.org> wrote:
>>  I would like to ask you to approve the addition of a part time OWASP
>> administration person to our team.
>>  Since I started in 2008, we have gone from approximately 175 individual
>> members to over 1000 individual members.  We had 4 conferences in 2007 and
>> had at least 15 events globally in 2010.  We have added global committees to
>> help us address our collective priorities.  We have increased the size of
>> the Foundation board to 7.  We have added at least 30 chapters. We have
>> increased global awareness and size, but not the infrastructure.
>>  Until recently, I’ve been able to keep on top of things, but it is
>> becoming more and more difficult.  I receive over 130 emails/day that
>> require some sort of follow up.  While preparing for AppSec US in NYC, Tom
>> Brennan illustrated the volume by saying, “you get up, get a cup of coffee
>> and open your computer.  Next thing you know, it’s 4pm, your coffee is cold
>> and you’re still in your bathrobe.”
>>  Alison did an AWESOME job while I was out.  With the rush of 3rd and 4thquarter events, I know that she was instrumental in in the processes for
>> LASCON and AppSec DC.  I had an out of office message up and lots of the
>> questions went to her.  Lots of individuals decided to wait, though.
>>  In any case, we are growing and I’m afraid I am “The single point of
>> failure.”  If I miss something or have to prioritize based on time
>> sensitivity, it becomes obvious.  I want to be able to maintain the positive
>> image of the Foundation.
>>  While I believe there is enough work for each committee to have their own
>> administrative assistant, I think that a single, part time person to work on
>> the administrative details for the membership committee would be a great
>> place to start.  Membership kits, shipping, follow up reminders, telephone
>> calls, corporate supporter items, data entry, etc.  Membership is currently
>> the most labor intensive process we have.  I have been working on changing
>> that process, but the effort gets derailed by the tasks.
>>  The cost would be approx. $1200/month ($15/hr at 20 hrs/week).  I have a
>> tentative job description attached.  I have had several people indicate they
>> would be interested in something like this, so the question becomes who to
>> pick.
>> Kate Hartmann
>> Operations Director
>> 301-275-9403
>> www.owasp.org
>> Skype:  Kate.hartmann1

Eoin Keary
OWASP Global Board Member
OWASP Code Review Guide Lead Author

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