[Owasp-board] Budget requests

Bev Corwin bev.corwin at owasp.org
Sun Jun 25 19:07:58 UTC 2017

PS: Please advise if this will be on the July board meeting agenda so that
we can plan for leader attendance.

On Sun, Jun 25, 2017 at 3:06 PM, Bev Corwin <bev.corwin at owasp.org> wrote:

> Dear Andrew,
> I hope that you are dong well.  Sending an update to advise that I have
> updated the Mentor Initiative Budget request document with responses to
> your requests for additional information. Please review the responses
> provided inline at your earliest convenience and provide any additional
> feedback here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FS50Z9KUb-
> GKUG3GEMLfGT9SBxg6UfUuRiymO6ASqnQ/edit?usp=sharing
> Additionally, our draft Mentor Committee Scope Document is available for
> review and will be submitted to Tiffany next week so that she can prepare
> to launch the OWASP Mentor Committee. Please offer your feedback via
> comments on the OMC scope document here: https://docs.google.com/
> document/d/1WoBKsR1i2-4d8XQuTZIk4mnWHgOOv1pDiqe36rdAk4U/edit?usp=sharing
> Please kindly reach out to me if you have any other questions. I look
> forward to hearing from you. Thank you and best wishes.
> Sincerely,
> Bev
> On Wed, Jun 7, 2017 at 11:16 AM, Andrew van der Stock <vanderaj at owasp.org>
> wrote:
>> Hi Board (and Sean / Bev / Noreen)
>> I've been through all of Sean / Bev and Noreen's budget submissions and
>> put comments on them and spoken to Sean just now.
>> In general, there are some really good ideas here, but there are some
>> issues. I would love to discuss them with you all, but the Board meeting is
>> being held at 2 - 4 am my time, and I have to be in Melbourne at 9 am, so
>> in the likely event I cannot attend the Board meeting today, I will leave
>> my comments in the documents. I've asked Sean to come to the Board meeting
>> to discuss the active proposals (see below) with you.
>> Basically:
>>    - We need to hire an ED as a priority rather than backfill any other
>>    staff member.
>>    - The ED needs to review our strategic goals, operations and re-org
>>    the staff as necessary before we commit to any new major funding initiatives
>>    - The ED needs to be tasked with coming up with a global grants
>>    strategy to support projects, chapters and outreach. All of
>>    Sean/Bev/Noreen's budget request items for grants need to be evaluated or
>>    modified to work with an upcoming OWASP's grant strategy so that we can
>>    invest properly - whether this is in a new staff member, re-orging our
>>    staff, clearing up the misconception that project leaders and volunteers
>>    can't be paid, or whatever the case may be.
>>    - The ED needs to tasked with coming up with a marketing strategy. I
>>    don't want us to be spending on marketing until we have a marketing
>>    strategy, a way to track marketing spend and reach, and understand how
>>    successful our marketing has been. So please don't approve funds for
>>    marketing purposes until this is in place.
>> Requests I urge the Board to discuss with Sean / Bev / Noreen and
>> potentially consider funding or developing further:
>> *OWASP Project Kickstart*. Please work out how to address the conflict
>> of interest issues, and I think it would be a way to get more volunteers
>> working on flagship and up and coming lab and incubator projects. The
>> financial ask is not large, but it could be if it was applied to all
>> projects. Some sort of cap needs to be in place.
>> - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aNyq43_gHq8cKMDGtlqTC6H-
>> pv71lH7mNsMgg1WPpy4/edit
>> *Hackathon *- please roll this into a sustainable annual Project Summit,
>> and it would have my vote. As it stands, it's not global enough, and
>> overlaps with existing project summits, but I like the idea in principle.
>> Let's work with Claudia to come up with a strategy to incorporate a hack a
>> thon into every regional or global event, in a way that is sustainable, and
>> I think it could be a winner even at a small scale.
>> https://docs.google.com/document/d/13wCZgLugpjJS-5WcH3zn-n9A
>> DZRke3GhNEP7EvjNi6Q/edit
>> *Membership drive*. The idea is a good one, but it needs to be global in
>> scope, not just in NYC / Brooklyn. Let's work on this a bit more to work
>> out how it can go global and put some stretch goals in there like breaking
>> past 5000 paid global OWASP members.
>> https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uW0EqvWLdxho9p_X0ZDWI5h_
>> i0rLWlRLmj7suThIigU/edit
>> *Mentoring*. I think we need to come up with a well baked plan to
>> augment our GSoC mentoring, and this as good a place to start as any other.
>> If it done virtually and applied globally, I think this could be a huge
>> reason to become a student member of OWASP, and a way to help folks
>> globally. It does not need to be for a season, but I would suggest simply a
>> way for senior folks to pass on their craft and help our industry is a
>> massive opportunity if done right. Let's work on this proposal some more,
>> and I'd support it.
>> https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FS50Z9KUb-GKUG3GEMLfGT9S
>> Bxg6UfUuRiymO6ASqnQ/edit
>> *Asia Pacific Tour*. As long as the chapters involved in the existing
>> regional events are onboard and driving this from China, Japan, Malaysia,
>> Philippines, Singapore, OWASP Melbourne, OWASP New Zealand, this is a great
>> idea as long as the LATAM model applies. The exact dollars per speaker or
>> trainer needs to be tuned, but I think the LATAM model and focusing all
>> regional events in a few weeks would help take a bit of a strain off staff
>> as well as getting closer regional cooperation would be fantastic.
>> https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FRRtVFxXi1X6G4iGvyqZ2tsY
>> hTrcpxMX3n8Ii3DUQpg/edit
>> The other items, either need to wait for us to get much bigger (we don't
>> need 10% of annual revenue before taxes and profit to be spent on rent!),
>> an ED to be hired, and ensure that we are getting the most from our
>> existing investment in SalesForce / AMS / web site redesign before we
>> commit any more funds on new major initiatives.
>> thanks,
>> Andrew
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