[Owasp-leaders] Fwd: Stepping down as Board Member

James McGovern JMcGovern at virtusa.com
Mon Feb 14 10:07:22 EST 2011

Sometimes, when folks feel "uncomfortable" they push back in strange
ways. Usually this is less about trust or backstabbing and more about
people simply declaring in their own way that additional clarification
is needed. A very wise CIO once said to me that I should always assume
ignorance over malice.  Now, when it comes to the thought processes of
Dinis, I will be the first to admit I am still reflecting on a few
things he said at OWASP 2008 to this very day...


James McGovern


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[mailto:owasp-leaders-bounces at lists.owasp.org] On Behalf Of dinis cruz
Sent: Monday, February 14, 2011 8:55 AM
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Subject: Re: [Owasp-leaders] Fwd: Stepping down as Board Member


What is interesting about John's views, is that it only represents one
(of the multiple) ecosystems/communities that lives inside OWASP.


That said, I think he is spot on in his analysis, and that OWASP needs
to be very careful in how handles its 'bees' (using the analogy of the
1995 article) since this community is the one that creates most 'assets'
that OWASP has.


OWASP is VERY wide and (fortunately) it covers a huge spectrum of
people, interests, knowledge areas , technologies and focus. For
example, there are other ecosystems/communities at OWASP that need
complete difference approaches, process and procedures (Government, John
Steven's crowd, CIO's, QA departments, students, teachers, appsec
product vendors, etc...)


Part of the reason I stepped down from the board is due to the fact that
I realized that most OWASP leaders didn't realized/understood how I
operated and I got things done at OWASP. And that was OK in the past,
but recently It was creating too many allergic reactions.


Using the bees analogy, I think I was a good bee keeper and was able to
find creative ways to find, motivate and blossom the OWASP bees :)


In fact, what I always found ironic, was that one of the most common
complains that I received directly (or was made behind my back) was that
I was too chaotic, disorganized and didn't 'listen' to others.


When in fact, if you actually looked closely (or in hindsight), some of
the activities that I was responsible for creating and implementing at
OWASP, had multi-layer strategy and where some of our most organized and
professionally executed activities. For example the last OWASP Season of
Code <http://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_Summer_of_Code_2008>  or the
Summit 2011 <http://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_Summit_2011> 

Dinis Cruz 


Virtusa was recently ranked and featured in 2010 Deloitte Technology Fast 500, 2010 Global Services 100, IAOP's 2010 Global Outsourcing 100 sub-list and 2010 FinTech 100 among others.


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