[Owasp-board] Draft Board Meeting Minutes

Jason Li jason.li at owasp.org
Thu Apr 5 19:01:05 UTC 2012


Not on the Board but I did listen to the meeting.

To assuage your concerns, the Board resolved that this issue would not
stand in the way of OWASP supporting LASCON.

The Board agreed on a general profit sharing strategy which Dave is taking
responsibility for authoring.

It was hard to hear at times, so don't take this as written record, but
what I *think* I heard was that every event will have a set target for
expected revenue/profit based on past history for established events or
from reasonable expectations for new events. Everything made beyond that
target line would go to the chapter.


On Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 2:51 PM, Josh Sokol <josh.sokol at owasp.org> wrote:

> I thought the Board meetings were on the second Monday of the month?  I'm
> assuming you guys met as part of the AppSec DC Conference, but it would
> have been nice to have received a calendar invite for the meeting.
> Regardless, I've reviewed the meeting notes and have a few
> thoughts/questions that I wanted to share with the group.
> 1) Did we come to a conclusion on the two questions that I asked?
>    -
>    *Should the AppSec Conferences alone provide enough funding to support** the Foundation or do we need to rely on profit from Chapter events to** subsidize this gap?*
>    -
>    ***Should the Foundation adhere to a strong centralized model of** governance in order to control the Chapters, Projects, etc or does the** Foundation desire a model providing high-level guidance, support, and** encouragement without the need to get hands-on with everything?*
> I see in the notes where it was discussed, but I don't see where a
> decision was made other than a note that everyone agreed that the current
> system is broken.  Those two questions are fundamental in coming up with a
> new policy as Mark rejected any model I proposed where the Foundation could
> not rely on Chapter events to support it's budget.  If we can all agree
> that the AppSec Conferences should support the Foundation, then money
> received from Chapter events effectively becomes "gravy" for the Foundation
> budgets.  Personally, I think that everyone benefits with a model where the
> GConfC is able to focus exclusively on AppSec and the Summit and ways to
> make them more profitable and reach more people.  I've heard at least Seba
> say similar things.
> 2) I sent a note to the Board a while back asking to remove the time
> constraints set on the LASCON policy exemption as we were clearly not going
> to reach an agreed-upon policy in the 45-day window.  I don't see anywhere
> that this was discussed or voted upon.  The guidance came on 2/22 so if my
> math is correct we're at something like 42 days in.
> 3) I see a note in there where the Conferences Committee has requested
> that Sarah be prioritized to them over other committees and activities, but
> the noted justification is just what we aren't doing for events.  Not
> having been privy to the conversation, I was hoping that someone could
> elaborate on that.  While the GChapC's workload for Sarah has been
> relatively minimal, I feel that prioritizing her work for Conferences over
> Chapters or other activities would result in an inability for my committee
> to operate on several levels.  My suggestion would be that if the
> Conferences Committee feels like they need more assistance, perhaps they
> should refocus their limited attention on the core OWASP events and maybe
> attempt to hire a professional event planner to help with event logistics
> wherever they might be.
> ~josh
> On Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 12:53 PM, Sarah Baso <sarah.baso at owasp.org> wrote:
>> Board Members -
>> Please review meeting minutes from today's board call by EOD Friday
>> (tomorrow) and make any edits or necessary comments.
>> https://docs.google.com/a/owasp.org/document/d/1oD2Xrou2WDeX2JqISvWgpEEkismPVJRXobwAk8qJfUI/edit
>> Regards,
>> Sarah
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