[Owasp-leaders] OWASP.next

Dennis Groves dennis.groves at owasp.org
Thu Apr 10 21:06:05 UTC 2014


Michael,

I applaud you Michael for taking the reigns of leadership and setting both
a vision and a positive example for OWASP. What a great post! You have
really captured the spirit of OWASP and I hope you succeed in keeping it
alive. Like you, I stand behind both the awesome staff and community of
OWASP.

However, I have great concerns about the future of OWASP, because the board
serves as an example for the community. As you have indicated you cannot do
this alone, we all have to pitch in. Not everybody on the board is a rotten
apple, most of you are awesome. Unfortunately it only takes one rotten
apple to spoil the whole barrel.

Some examples I have observed of rotten leadership:

   - Publicly undermining OWASP employees by an OWASP Board member.
   - Publicly undermining OWASP volunteers by an OWASP Board member.
   - Privately undermining OWASP leaders by an OWASP Board member.
   - Privately undermining OWASP employees by an OWASP Board member.
   - Publicly undermining OWASP projects by an OWASP Board member.
   - Privately undermining OWASP projects by an OWASP Board member.


   - OWASP Board members have caused OWASP to lose money from conference
   revenues.
   - OWASP Board members have caused OWASP to lose corporate sponsorship's.
   - OWASP Board members have caused OWASP to lose projects.


   - OWASP Board members have harassed OWASP employees privately.
   - OWASP Board members have abused OWASP employees publicly.

All of these things have gone on habitually. Most of the time they are
thinly veiled under the guise of 'ethics' and yet all of these behaviors
are in direct conflict with the duty of loyalty to the OWASP
foundation. *Additionally,
it sets up an unprofessional example of 'standard of behavior' for the
community to follow, and this is exactly what is happening.*

I regularly hear from both sponsors and leaders that no longer want to
participate in OWASP anymore due to the examples I have cited above. I
spend my OWASP donation hours managing fires like this, when I could be
building and contributing to the community with my precious little free
time.

It has come to a point that I may no longer recommend that the public join
or support OWASP because of the unprofessional behavior emanating from the
board. *And I feel it is a very sad day when I can not recommend OWASP,
something I genuinely want to be proud to be a part of, to people I love
and respect.*


-- 
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