[Owasp-leaders] Proposing new guidelines to start code/tool projects

johanna curiel curiel johanna.curiel at owasp.org
Sat Aug 23 16:46:56 UTC 2014


After hearing your concerns and some ideas from Kait-Disney and the project
task force members, I'm proposing the following , which hopefully will help
us reach better guidelines and less empty projects

We will allow Incubator projects a 1 year deadline BUT with the following

   - They will need a clear deadline proposal roadmap for the next 90 days
   - We will provide an example on the wiki template of what we expect to
   - We will provide a 'Start up kit' cheat sheet with all the goodies(how
   to get money for project, participate in Google Summer of code program,
   Winter of Code program, Wiki template, Project summit presentations,Github
   repository etc)
   - If they do not present a clear roadmap with deadlines, the project
   will not be accepted
   - They need to have a repository even if empty, because this will allow
   us to automate the monitoring of their progress
   - The wiki page must be COMPLETE. No empty descriptions or half info
   there. This will be not accepted.

We will create a webbot to track all wiki project pages based on the latest
updates and based on that we will create reminders every 90 days about the
activity to ALL project leaders (not just incubators).

General rules for all projects:

   - Project leaders will receive 1 reminder if the project hasn't been
   updated at all in 90 days.
   - Project leaders will receive 1 warnings  if no commit or wiki update
   has been done in 80 days or if they dont feedback with us about the
   situation of their project
   - The third one will be final and the project will be set in the
   inactive list
   - Remember you can always revive the project but you will need a roadmap
   in order to do this.



On Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 11:09 PM, johanna curiel curiel <
johanna.curiel at owasp.org> wrote:

> Jim and leaders,
> The idea of the whiteboard is that no one needs to maintain this ;-). Is
> just a whiteboard with idea-projects hanging there in order for people to
> join and find contributors to pull off their project. What I'm trying to do
> is be realistic about the maintenance of project inventory and how OWASP
> looks to the outsiders. Empty projects looks really bad. Dont expect
> potential users to go read your roadmap and comeback when you say you are
> ready.
> On the other hand, the 90 day issue is, that sometimes an idea takes time
> to develop, find contributors and the opportunity to work on it.Therefore
> future project leaders should made use of programs such as Google Summer of
> Code. Some of the best ideas I have seen have flourished during this
> program. If you want this into production, project leaders can place their
> ideas in the Gsoc idea page (
> https://www.owasp.org/index.php/GSoC2014_Ideas) jump the wagon to get
> students, apply to develop the 'idea'. OWTF, ZAP, PHPSEC, WEBGOATPHP have
> made enormous progress during this program, and when we did the call, only
> 12 projects applied!! So where are the active project leaders even when
> they had a chance like this to get a student paid for 3 months to work on
> their projects including 500 dollars for their project per student ?
> >In the past, many project got approved that probably should not have
> been, but I'm trying to ensure that fully formed project ideas are the ones
> that make it through.
> I believe this will definitely help put a minimum entry level.
> I  would like to find a middle ground to have a realistic review process
> based on our capacity to review projects,allow ideas to develop but also,
> have better quality for potential users of OWASP projects.I repeat , empty
> project pages might have been the norm but this really looks bad.
> regards
> Johanna
> On Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 10:34 PM, johanna curiel curiel <
> johanna.curiel at owasp.org> wrote:
>> Hi Kait (Gregory)
>> I agree with  you on this and I think that the problem has been this : * when
>> they submit their project they have an outline of the project and a roadmap*
>> If you take a look of those empty projects , their outline is way to
>> vague, not even a clear description of what the project is about is and
>> there is not a clear plan for the roadmap. So we really need to review
>> more careful when allowing an incubators begin. Ideally we should provide a
>> clear example. The 90 days deadline sounds very good to me.
>> The idea of a 90 day puts pressure into it. After 90 days no code, then
>> inactive.
>> regards
>> Johanna
>> On Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 10:20 PM, Gregory Disney <
>> gregory.disney at owasp.org> wrote:
>>> Repost from Kait, because she keeps getting kicked off the leaders list.
>>> ==========================================================================================
>>> I brought this up with Johanna earlier today in regards to what should
>>> be done with new projects.
>>> It's my opinion that requiring new projects to have source code written
>>> before they can become a project will alienate would be project leaders.
>>> For many new projects, when they submit their project they have an outline
>>> of the project and a roadmap. This is especially true for documentation
>>> projects, which may not have a draft yet at the time they apply.
>>> I propose instead that we continue to approve projects that have a flesh
>>> out project outline and require that they have progress on the project
>>> within 90 days. After 90 days, these new projects should be reviewed for
>>> progress. This doesn't have to be an in-depth review, more of a check in
>>> with the project leader to see if their repository is posted, if they have
>>> source code, or a draft in cases of documentation projects.
>>> If after 90 days, there has been no progress on the project, those
>>> project should be considered inactive.
>>> By making progress a requirement in the first 90 days, we can avoid the
>>> problem we have now, which is that several projects that enjoy active
>>> project status while having never produced anything for the project.
>>> Please let me know what you think.
>>> On Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 7:14 PM, Jonathan Marcil <
>>> jonathan.marcil at owasp.org> wrote:
>>>> Oh I see, if you want to add another step in the new project adoption
>>>> life cycle.. well go ahead!
>>>> Also, if there's no time limit, you'll kill that special motivation of a
>>>> urge to deliver something. For some people it may actually help motivate
>>>> them to release. Others will release anyways. Pressure can be good. It
>>>> can be another period than one year.. maybe 6 months I don't know.
>>>> All that said, I hope you don't plan to move everything to whiteboard by
>>>> default.. As a project starter, I kind of accepted the rule of "one year
>>>> or the project is out of incubator" and would not like the rules to
>>>> change in the middle or having to adhere to another process I won't need
>>>> in 2 months. Good news about that is that if you apply the one year
>>>> timeout of the initial agreement, you'll be free of "dead" incubator
>>>> projects within one year anyways.
>>>> Thanks!
>>>> - Jonathan
>>>> On 2014-08-21 21:52, johanna curiel curiel wrote:
>>>> > Jonathan and leaders
>>>> >
>>>> > I would love to allow idea-projects hang for a year but what I have
>>>> seen
>>>> > after reviewing this for almost 2 years, that the project leader
>>>> looses
>>>> > pressure to create something in that period and many projects in the
>>>> end
>>>> > die like this.
>>>> >
>>>> > If we allow idea-projects hang for a year, the amount of work becomes
>>>> > quite big with all the projects that must be reviewed and managed.
>>>> This
>>>> > process has failed twice, with the Global Committee and the technical
>>>> > advisory board. Setting the bar higher challenges project leaders to
>>>> > really work on it and not let it hang for a year, in the meanwhile,
>>>> > people (potential users) of your project, visit the wiki and  get
>>>> > disappointed to see anything on it.
>>>> >
>>>> > The idea of the Whiteboard, can allow future project leaders to set
>>>> this
>>>> > as an idea-project and get contributors, but the expectations are
>>>> > different, especially for potential users. They know that this is just
>>>> > an idea and the project hasn't developed yet. When you are ready to
>>>> take
>>>> > it to the next step, then it becomes a tangible project , and once
>>>> done
>>>> > that, then the real work begins to keep the project alive and kicking,
>>>> > but thats much easier to monitor than communicating through email
>>>> every
>>>> > time to see if the project is alive and in the meanwhile the wiki page
>>>> > is outdated and no code has been produced. It damages OWASP
>>>> reputation.
>>>> >
>>>> > We need to develop and design a 'Startup' like program where we
>>>> provide
>>>> > training to potential project leaders how to make that idea a
>>>> > prototype.Just like with 'Accelerators' . Since we work globally, I
>>>> > think this should be available online (through courser for example)
>>>> and
>>>> > have this programs twice a year for example.
>>>> >
>>>> > regards
>>>> >
>>>> > Johanna
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> > On Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 9:30 PM, Jim Manico <jim.manico at owasp.org
>>>> > <mailto:jim.manico at owasp.org>> wrote:
>>>> >
>>>> >     > Last but not least, thank you a lot for your efforts Johanna,
>>>> you are
>>>> >     keeping the main backbone of OWASP healthy and not anyone has the
>>>> >     courage and toughness to do so.
>>>> >
>>>> >     +1000
>>>> >
>>>> >     More positive work and progress around projects bas been done in
>>>> the
>>>> >     last few months than several years past. We are very lucky to have
>>>> >     your "extreme volunteerism", Johanna.
>>>> >
>>>> >     PS: +1 On the sandbox idea. Perhaps call it "the whiteboard"
>>>> instead
>>>> >     of "sandbox" to denote an "IT centric idea"
>>>> >
>>>> >     Aloha,
>>>> >     --
>>>> >     Jim Manico
>>>> >     @Manicode
>>>> >     (808) 652-3805 <tel:%28808%29%20652-3805>
>>>> >
>>>> >     > On Aug 21, 2014, at 8:23 PM, Jonathan Marcil
>>>> >     <jonathan.marcil at owasp.org <mailto:jonathan.marcil at owasp.org>>
>>>> wrote:
>>>> >     >
>>>> >     > Last but not least, thank you a lot for your efforts Johanna,
>>>> you are
>>>> >     > keeping the main backbone of OWASP healthy and not anyone has
>>>> the
>>>> >     > courage and toughness to do so.
>>>> >
>>>> >
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