[Owasp-board] Project Platform

Matt Konda matt.konda at owasp.org
Thu May 28 15:07:53 UTC 2015


Hello all,

Sorry in advance for the long email.

Following up on our meeting and some discussions at AppSecEU, I wanted to
think more about the OWASP "platform".  I see one role of the board as
working to make it easy for the volunteers and leaders to succeed with
their projects, events and community building (chapters).

I'm a visual person so I put this presentation together with boxes and
colors as a point of reference.  I'm interested in your feedback (comments
enabled).  Please be patient with me, this is just a rough idea and is not
intended in any way to be a criticism of where we are and what we are
doing!!!  I made notes in the notes area to explain my color choices.

https://docs.google.com/a/owasp.org/presentation/d/1SLd1BG4TxrN75NqQo8_zKLC8CfhYa8WgfkXx7mcerhU/edit?usp=sharing

Getting more concrete, I want to suggest based on this thought process that
we invest in Meetup as an organization and hire a technical writer on a 3
month contract basis.

Here is the long story of why:

I asked one successful project leader what OWASP could do to remove
obstacles to success and their answer (paraphrasing) was something like
this:

"We struggle with:  publicity, documentation and training courses."

This made me think that a concrete investment we could make to support
projects would be to hire a contract technical writer to help with
documentation across projects and the wiki.  Assuming a 3 month, full time
gig at a rate of $40 per hour (75th percentile according to this
http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes273042.htm) would cost approximately 21K.


We could build a list of tasks focused on:

   - Documentation for 3 projects
   - 10 wiki page updates per week (2 per day based on google analytics top
   hits)

I imagine the person would work closely with the project co-ordinator and
community manager.

I don't know just what is realistic, but I am interested in exploring ways
that we can model and then build a platform of core services that the
foundation can provide to support projects, chapters and events - with the
goal of making it easier to have success with our volunteers and leaders.

What do you think?  One thing that would help me is if we can think about
the metrics we wanted to measure in strategic goals and whether these
things would move the needle.  I haven't gotten there yet, but it seems to
make sense...

Input appreciated!!!

Matt
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