[Owasp-board] Project Platform

psiinon psiinon at gmail.com
Thu May 28 15:49:16 UTC 2015

Not too surprisingly, I'm all in favour of this ;)

I'd also love to see more coordination and cooperation between projects -
wouldnt it be great if we had a coherent story about how people can use
OWASP projects together to address their security problems?

I'm not saying their isnt any, just that I'm sure we could do much more :)



On Thu, May 28, 2015 at 4:18 PM, johanna curiel curiel <
johanna.curiel at owasp.org> wrote:

> ++++++Matt
> 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
> instructions.
> 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
> regards
> Johanna
> 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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