[Owasp-board] Project Platform

Tobias tobias.gondrom at owasp.org
Sun May 31 17:28:09 UTC 2015


Hi Matt,

I agree and I like your visualisation for the OWASP platform.
And I agree that the funding of a contract technical writer would be a 
good idea.

Best regards, Tobias


On 28/05/15 17:07, Matt Konda 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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