[Owasp-board] Project Platform

johanna curiel curiel johanna.curiel at owasp.org
Thu May 28 15:18:29 UTC 2015


A technical writer has imho more value than a project coordinator, if it
comes down to budget.

I dont think that a project coordinator is a full time job. Setting wiki's
and github accounts and some reports, honestly I strongly ask the board to
re-think about this.

If someone could work dedicated on this part (technical writer) on our
major top projects and the ones doing an excellent work, this will help
improve a lot our visibility a usability. Maybe contract based could be the
best option. Also for the project coordinator.

When we tested the projects, one major problems is documentation and

So I support this initiative and the project review taskforce with the
technical writer could work together to improve and finally launch some
important projects that struggle with this such as Code Review and the
Developer guide among others



On Thu, May 28, 2015 at 11:07 AM, Matt Konda <matt.konda at owasp.org> wrote:

> 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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