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

dinis cruz dinis.cruz at owasp.org
Mon Feb 14 10:42:17 EST 2011

Just to be clear on one point, I never felt malice at OWASP.

There are a number of reasons for my decision, and I will document them in
the short term (it will take me some time to do it)

For now, I would like to just say thanks for the wonderful emails of
support/thanks I received directly, and let's now focus on the Summit's
outcomes that were amazing.

Dinis Cruz

On 14 Feb 2011, at 15:07, James McGovern <JMcGovern at virtusa.com> wrote:

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

*From:* owasp-leaders-bounces at lists.owasp.org [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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