[Owasp-board] PROPOSAL: Solicit Feedback on Roles in OWASP Foundation Decision Making Process

Tobias tobias.gondrom at owasp.org
Fri May 9 15:38:22 UTC 2014

Hi Josh,

I know the model and it can indeed help clear things up on who does what.
Unfortunately sometimes it's not always that clear. ;-)

But I agree, I would be a good exercise for one hour to go through some
of our activities with this process and sort out which part of RAPID
they should do.

However, IMHO, I would recommend to do this first in a small team and
when we have a proposal then ask the community for feedback on whether
people agree or see this differently. Otherwise there will be too many
unclear questions and parameters.
Maybe an exercise for an hour during our open board meeting in Cambridge
next month?

All the best, Tobias

On 07/05/14 15:29, Josh Sokol wrote:
> Board,
> Lately, we've seen a number of different issues relating to things
> like empowerment (or lack thereof), confusion over roles, etc.  We've
> received feedback from a number of different individuals as to what
> they believe should be the case, but I don't want this to be a case
> where the loudest person is the one who wins.  Thus, I would like to
> propose that we survey the OWASP community for feedback as to what
> roles we want the various OWASP stakeholders to play in our
> decision-making process.
> In my management training at National Instruments, they coached us on
> a model that I think could be very useful to hash this out.  The model
> is called "RAPID" and this site has a great description of what it means:
> http://www.bridgespan.org/Publications-and-Tools/Organizational-Effectiveness/RAPID-Decision-Making.aspx#.U2o_4ceGOG4
> To summarize, there are 5 roles in the decision making process:
>  1. Recommend
>  2. Approve
>  3. Perform
>  4. Input
>  5. Decide
> What I'd like to do is inquire with the community in each area of
> OWASP, what they feel should be the role of the Board, the ED, the
> staff, the leaders, the community at large, and maybe even vendors. 
> We can apply this methodology to just about any area of the OWASP
> Foundation.  Things like Chapter Leadership, Project Management,
> Governance, Conferences, Bylaws, etc.  So, for example:
>     In regards to making amendments to the OWASP Foundation Bylaws,
>     what do you believe should be the roles of the following:
>     OWASP Board
>     OWASP Executive Director
>     OWASP Staff
>     OWASP Leaders
>     OWASP Global Community
>     OWASP Sponsors
>     The Global Community
> I would hope that, if done right, the result of this type of survey
> would be a pretty clear consensus as to what roles our various
> stakeholders play in each process.  No more guess-work.  I'm curious
> as to how others would feel about adopting this model?
> ~josh
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