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

Sarah Baso sarah.baso at owasp.org
Fri May 9 18:13:10 UTC 2014


Yes, got it.


On Fri, May 9, 2014 at 8:52 AM, Josh Sokol <josh.sokol at owasp.org> wrote:

> OK, it sounds like everyone who has commented on this (the majority of the
> Board) is in agreement on this.  Sarah, if you'd like a formal vote, we can
> do that, but I don't think that's really necessary.  Can you please take
> this on as an action item for your team?  Specifically:
>
>    1. Updates from ED during quarterly meetings should focus on staff
>    activities as they relate to our strategic goals.  Updates on success
>    metrics for each goal and the progress made toward each.
>    2. The Board sponsor for each strategic goal should be actively
>    involved in the process to execute on these goals to ensure that execution
>    is in line with strategic goals.
>    3. Communication plans should be created for our strategic initiatives
>    with a monthly (minimal) update to the Board on progress.
>
> Thanks!
>
> ~josh
>
>
> On Fri, May 9, 2014 at 10:37 AM, Michael Coates <michael.coates at owasp.org>wrote:
>
>> I'm in agreement here too.
>>
>>
>> --
>> 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
>>>
>>> ---
>>> Tom Brennan | 973-298-1160 x799 | tomb at proactiverisk.com
>>>
>>>
>>> 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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>>>>
>>>>
>>>>  --
>>>>  Executive Director
>>>> OWASP Foundation
>>>>
>>>>  sarah.baso at owasp.org
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>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
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