[Owasp-leaders] Signing off as chapter leader

vanderaj vanderaj vanderaj at owasp.org
Fri May 10 02:08:39 UTC 2013


+1000000 to what Jim said, and then some.

You are one of the all time great chapter leaders!

thanks
Andrew


On Fri, May 10, 2013 at 9:54 AM, Jim Manico <jim.manico at owasp.org> wrote:

> Johns,
>
> Folks ask me why I am so passionate about OWASP. The answer is simple.
> It's because of volunteers like you.
>
> You are both truly men of honor. Through your efforts you have set a solid
> foundation for OWASP which is vital to our organization and mission.
>
> OWASP owes its success to members like you.
>
> Thank you and three cheers!
>
> --
> Jim Manico
> @Manicode
> (808) 652-3805
>
> On May 10, 2013, at 9:33 AM, Sarah Baso <sarah.baso at owasp.org> wrote:
>
> John and John -
> Thank you both for your amazing OWASP contributions and energy. The OWASP
> Community has grown and benefited in so many ways thanks to your efforts.
>
> I look forward to continuing to work with you both in other  capacities
> (Project leader and contributor, conference attendees, volunteer ;-)
>
> Best,
> Sarah Baso
>
>
> On Thu, May 9, 2013 at 3:45 PM, John Steven <John.Steven at owasp.org> wrote:
>
>> John,
>>
>> As I've stated privately, I think you're provided an incredibly positive
>> influence towards depth and quality. Thank you for the bar you set out
>> there.
>>
>> I too have transferred leadership of the OWASP NoVA Chapter board: to
>> Jack Mannino. Jeremy Long remains and is joined by Mike McCabe. From what
>> I've seen of these guys already, they're going to do a great job.
>>
>> As I reflected on my time as Chapter Leader, a few key accomplishments
>> and challenges stuck out in my mind. Of course, the Chapter Handbook<https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Category:Chapter_Handbook>helps but it can be daunting to use as a new chapter owner. Here are
>> thoughts from my experience:
>>
>> [Towards Content & Quality]
>> * Set yearly learning objectives based on actual and desired membership
>> needs.
>>
>> * Plan speakers and topics towards learning objectives instead of
>> available/well-known vendors.
>>
>> * If a single leader:
>>
>>     1) seek traction quickly,
>>     2) establish a chapter board as soon as possible and,
>>     3) groom a replacement.
>>
>> * Do not rely solely on the Speaker Agreement<https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Speaker_Agreement>
>> .
>>     * Allot about 6-8 hrs for speaker QA prior to the meeting. Start
>> EARLY;
>>     * Explicitly communicate a NO PITCH policy (slides, intros,
>> sales/recruiting, etc.);
>>     * Attend the meeting and ACTIVELY challenge BS; Kill pitching fast.
>>
>> * Don't take the fundamentals for granted. Remember to cycle back to key
>> OWASP content/projects.
>>
>> * Seek out and gather non-vendors for leadership roles.
>>
>> [Push the Edges]
>> * Spread focus: focus on coding and security Initiatives as well as
>> vulnerability discovery.
>>
>> * Stretch OWASP rules (we explicitly brought a vendor in to offer free
>> time on their tool). But:
>>     * Announce it to the leader's list first;
>>     * Foster and incorporate discussion about how to do it well;
>>     * Plan for a lot more work when you stretch things;
>>     * Debrief the chapter and leaders. Learn.
>>
>> * Invite your competitors. Where antagonistic, script content-based
>> discussion focused on benefiting the audience.
>>
>> * Let go. You might be amazed at where the next leaders take your chapter.
>>
>> [Advertising & Growth]
>> *  Use a variety of channels to drive awareness. Meetup has been
>> extremely effective. Use the wiki, Twitter, Google's tools, and  physical
>> means (posters, etc.)
>>
>> * Advertise multiple times beginning at least two (2) weeks in advance of
>> the meeting.
>>
>> * Use changing (like increasingly specific teasers) for announcements
>> subsequent to the first.
>>
>> * Make a big deal of things. Three of our most successful meetings were:
>>    * Van Wyk Moderating a Penetration Testing panel: Boutique vs. SaaS
>> vs. Tool (AppScan Std)
>>    * "Bring your Boss to OWASP Day": Better food, conversation w/ CISO
>> about what he wants to hear, & Q&A
>>    * Free hands-on training on a SAST tool. 4hrs to tinker.
>>
>>  [Community]
>> * Provide 30-60 minutes for member mixing/conversation / meeting
>>
>> * Solicit and cajole 2-3 "Fire talks" / meeting: 5 min "I'm [Me] and
>> here's what I'm working on..."
>>
>> * When you fly OWASPers out, make sure you take time to:
>>    * Spend time with them as people/humans;
>>    * Collaborate, to the extent possible, with the org. you come from.
>>
>> Hopefully, these thoughts tickle some ideas you might have been thinking
>> about for your own chapters.
>>
>> -jOHN
>> --
>> Phone: 703.727.4034
>> Rss: http://feeds.feedburner.com/M1splacedOnTheWeb
>>
>>
>> On Thu, May 9, 2013 at 5:27 PM, John Wilander <john.wilander at owasp.org>wrote:
>>
>>> Hi leaders!
>>>
>>> As of this week's chapter meeting in Stockholm I am no longer co-leader
>>> of OWASP Sweden. Upcoming work changes are the primary reason for this
>>> decision. But after nearly six years it feels good to leave a spot open for
>>> someone new. And there are excellent people still running the show in
>>> Stockholm with the two remaining co-leaders Mattias and Robert as well as a
>>> local board.
>>>
>>> It's been a great journey. My two peaks were as chair of the OWASP
>>> AppSec Research conference in 2010 and as organizer of the Browser Security
>>> track at the OWASP Summit 2011.
>>>
>>> OWASP Sweden has since the start in 2007 spawned into two sibling
>>> chapters – Stockholm and Gothenburg – and the joint chapter mailing list
>>> has a whopping 943 members. I'd like to thank all the speakers we've had
>>> through the years. Some are on this list.
>>>
>>> I will stay in the OWASP community, at least as leader of OWASP 1-Liner (
>>> http://1-liner.org/). My family's plan is to relocate to California
>>> next year so I'll probably turn up at a local chapter there further on.
>>>
>>> Thanks for all the support, knowledge, and geekery (so far)!
>>>
>>
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