[Owasp-board] PROPOSAL: Quarterly Updates by ED on Progress Towards Strategic Goals

Michael Coates michael.coates at owasp.org
Fri May 9 15:37:49 UTC 2014


I'm in agreement here too.


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Michael Coates
@_mwc



On Fri, May 9, 2014 at 8:25 AM, Tobias <tobias.gondrom at owasp.org> wrote:

>  +1. Agreed.
> - Tobias
>
>
> On 07/05/14 18:14, Tom Brennan - proactiveRISK wrote:
>
> Agreed
>
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> Tom Brennan | 973-298-1160 x799 | tomb at proactiverisk.com
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>
> On May 7, 2014, at 12:58 PM, Josh Sokol <josh.sokol at owasp.org> wrote:
>
>    I think that the schedule (doing it in correlation with the quarterly
> meetings) is a good thing.  I guess what I'm really asking is more for a
> focus on how our activities relate to our strategic goals, rather than just
> a list of things that staff has done.  The problem that I'm seeing is that
> the Board set a direction, but we left it up to the operations team to
> determine how to execute on that vision.  We have Board members sponsoring
> these goals that have not been engaged on the ongoing activities and when
> we review, we review as tasks rather than milestones.  I'd like to see the
> overall plan.  Here's an example:
>
> For goal X we took the Board's direction and broke it down into the
> following deliverable milestones.  Employee Y completed this milestone on
> this date.  We expect to have the following milestones complete by this
> other date.  We are on target to meet this goal by the specified completion
> date.
>
>
>  To summarize, think of the goals as projects with the metrics of success
> as the milestones.  Think of the Board sponsor as a part of the core
> project team with the other Board members as key stakeholders.  Develop a
> communication plan and keep us in the loop.
>
>  Michael, I think a simple "yes, I think I would like quarterly updates on
> strategic goals" or "no, I think it would be a waste of our time" would be
> fine here.  No need to formalize anything.  I'd like more visibility into
> our operations (my fiduciary responsibility) and I feel like this gets us
> there without being overly intrusive.  I'm not asking for a formal Board
> vote.  I'm asking if others feel the same way.
>
>  ~josh
>
>
> On Wed, May 7, 2014 at 11:28 AM, Sarah Baso <sarah.baso at owasp.org> wrote:
>
>> Josh -
>>
>>  I am not sure if this is for me or the rest of the board or both - but
>> i would be happy to put together a status update for you and ensure it is
>> included in future updates.
>>
>>  One piece of clarification regarding reporting that would be helpful -
>> I currently have been preparing reports (and collecting roll up reports
>> from the staff) based on when the board meetings are scheduled.  Is this
>> what you (and everyone else is expecting) or would you like them on a more
>> frequent/different schedule.
>>
>>  Thanks,
>> Sarah
>>
>>
>>  On Wed, May 7, 2014 at 8:54 AM, Josh Sokol <josh.sokol at owasp.org> wrote:
>>
>>>  Back in January, we went through and defined the Board Strategic Goals
>>> for 2014 including metrics of success and Board member sponsors.  Here we
>>> are now, in May (4 months later), and I haven't been engaged by our
>>> operations team on my sponsored goal (Strengthening OWASP Chapters), nor
>>> have I heard an update from our Executive Director on progress that our
>>> staff is making towards these goals.  Rather than finding out what we did
>>> after the year is up, I would personally like to see a progress report for
>>> each of the strategic goals as part of our quarterly Board meetings.  I
>>> believe that updating the Board should be the responsibility of our
>>> Executive Director, but it is the Board's responsibility to ensure that our
>>> staff is in alignment (and progressing towards) these goals and a quarterly
>>> touch point would likely help in doing so.  I'd be interested in your
>>> thoughts on this.
>>>
>>>  ~josh
>>>
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>>>
>>
>>
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>>  Executive Director
>> OWASP Foundation
>>
>>  sarah.baso at owasp.org
>> +1.312.869.2779
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
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