[Owasp-leaders] Moving to Global Initiatives Program & Retiring Committee Structure

Jim Manico jim.manico at owasp.org
Tue Feb 19 12:40:37 UTC 2013

The full time staff had two interactive meetings to discuss this in
detail. The problem is that most committees were getting stagnant and
were often a big barrier for volunteers to help since committee goals
were often daunting. The new "global initiatives" is a way for
volunteers to sign up for discrete tasks with clear goals.

So by all means keep going! CISO survey global initiative, BITS global
initiative, etc. That way •anyone• can sign up to support different
initiatives without having to formally join a committee.

This was driven by the staff and I supported it. Let's get Sarah Baso
into the conversation, she can explain the details of this better than


Jim Manico
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On Feb 19, 2013, at 7:39 PM, "marco.m.morana at gmail.com"
<marco.m.morana at gmail.com> wrote:

> Jim, what is the basis/rationale for dissolving OWASP committees ? Did we factor the impact on the current activities and projects lead by people that are part of each committee? For example , the GIC is currently involved in activities coordinated by the committee lead such as reaching up CISOs for the CISO survey, BITSs and PRing the Appsec Guide for CISO. If the OWASP GIC get dissolved which OWASP group is going to continue these activities? Can we discuss this to a targeted meeting for the GIC?
> cheers
> Marco M.
> Sent from my iPad
> On 19 Feb 2013, at 02:32, Jim Manico <jim.manico at owasp.org> wrote:
>> Dennis,
>> How about you take point on a new Global Initiative to review and expand on the vendor neutrality guidelines. I'll help.
>> Aloha,
>> Jim
>>> On 18 Feb 2013, at 22:53, Eoin wrote:
>>>> As a board member it think it is only correct to say that
>>>> Dissolving a committee is only in name. For example the Industry
>>>> committee
>>>> is active, energetic and has an impressive cast of members.
>>>> I certainly don't think such a grouping of people should disbanded due to
>>>> their "Banner" being dissolved.
>>>> After all OWASP is just people, does not matter what team or group or
>>>> committee you are involved in. You can do (nearly) anything you want and
>>>> have the time to do it.
>>> Great points, but the 'nearly' anything is exactly what needs to be
>>> worked out. For example the 'Ethics' thread has a wealth of proposed
>>> 'rules for engagement' with OWASP; many of which seem like common sense
>>> and just plain good behaviour. But obviously not all board members agree
>>> since some are behaving incongruent with the mission of the organisation...
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