[Owasp-leaders] OWASP 2014 - Strategic Goals

Dennis Groves dennis.groves at owasp.org
Mon Nov 11 07:11:58 UTC 2013

On Nov 10, 2013, at 8:01 PM, Jeff Williams <jeff.williams at owasp.org> wrote:

> I wasn't suggesting that the organization-focused goals aren't important. I'm thrilled to see OWASP continue to grow. Just saying a few of the strategic goal ideas for 2014 should be focused on our domain...

I have to agree with Jeff. 

My greatest lessons in life come from the experience of founding OWASP.  I believe all great things start with a shared vision - a really big dream - a purpose that unites everybody in their participation. I made some very lofty statements in the early days that absolutely permeate the OWASP culture even today. Though the ‘vision’ have never been achieved, that is not the purpose of the vision - the purpose is to aim the ship. 

Other Examples:
Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing. ~Jimmy Wales
A computer on every desktop. ~Bill Gates
World Domination. ~Linus Torvalds
Mark Shuttleworth seems to want to create “commercial quality free software.”
After the shared vision is agreed, then and only then can any meaningful strategic and organizational goals be set to move the community closer toward the lofty vision... 

Jeff’s ideas are closer to what I would feel are strategic goals, while the other suggestions I have read seem to be much closer to operational and business goals. Those are for the staff to work out, but they will work them out according to the vision you set.  I believe the role of the Board members is the ‘aiming of the ship.’  Strategic goals are part of that aiming. For example can OWASP really achieve the measurement of security in 2014? I very, very much doubt it - but we could move the needle in some very big ways!

I encourage you all to think big, and dream bigger. 
If you aim low, you will certainly get there. 
If you aim for the impossible you will be very surprised at how much you will achieve in your struggles to get there.


Dennis Groves, MSc
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