[Owasp-leaders] [Owasp-board] Board meeting - proposed discussion items

Jim Manico jim.manico at owasp.org
Sat Dec 5 01:52:21 UTC 2015

I am free at 5:15pm PST. If the meeting is still going on then I will 
join. I am sorry I cannot make the earlier portions of this meeting but 
I will listen to the recording so I'm in sync with these important 

My big ask for 2016 is to expand the budget for the project summits in 
2016 to $100,000 for either two 50k summits or one large 100k summit. 
I'll make this change to to the strategic goals doc today.

Tom Brennan was also suggesting that we hire developers to help with 
projects as full time staff members or similar. In general, I support 
these efforts 100%.

Thanks all,
- Jim

On 12/3/15 1:32 PM, Matt Konda wrote:
> I would also support extending the time for the meeting.
> Matt
> On Thu, Dec 3, 2015 at 5:19 PM, Andrew van der Stock 
> <vanderaj at owasp.org <mailto:vanderaj at owasp.org>> wrote:
>     All,
>     I've added this to our meeting. I am willing to put in the extra
>     time to have a longer meeting (as it's our last chance to deal
>     with urgent and old business in 2015). I've shrunk the amount of
>     time for the Board governance as that should be a no brainer - we
>     should be doing Board meetings as per Tom's e-mail earlier today.
>     I have invited Simon and Johanna to the Board meeting, and I would
>     like them to speak at the meeting, so please make sure there is
>     time for them to be heard.
>     thanks
>     Andrew
>     On Fri, Dec 4, 2015 at 3:45 AM, psiinon <psiinon at gmail.com
>     <mailto:psiinon at gmail.com>> wrote:
>         Board,
>         cc the leaders list,
>         Topic: OWASP (code) projects
>         I believe that the OWASP code projects are in crisis. Maybe
>         other types as well, but I'll let other more knowledgeable
>         people speak for those.
>         I think that code projects bring significant benefits to
>         OWASP, but unfortunately they are much less tangible than the
>         money that conferences bring in.
>         I think that code projects are poorly supported by OWASP,
>         particularly large and active projects like ZAP.
>         I would like to know if the board is happy with the current
>         state of affairs re code projects.
>         If they are unhappy then I would like to know if they think
>         anything should change, particularly with respect to the
>         amount of time and money that is invested in them.
>         Topic: Communications with employees and contributors
>         We've just seen a valued and very active contributor leave
>         OWASP, and it appears that the nature of recent email
>         discussions was a major contributing factor.
>         We've also had a well publicised incident in the past whereby
>         an employee left in which email discussions appear to have
>         also played a significant role.
>         I think its fair to say that in both cases the individuals
>         have expressed that they did not think that they were treated
>         with the respect that they deserved.
>         Does the board accept that we might have an issue regarding
>         email discussions getting out of hand?
>         If so, does the board propose to do anything about it?
>         Hint: perhaps an external organisation could provide valuable
>         advise and guidance here?
>         I look forward to hearing if these topics are discussed at the
>         next board meeting and what the conclusions are, if any.
>         Leaders - feel free to chip in with your thoughts...
>         Cheers,
>         Simon
>         -- 
>         OWASP ZAP <https://www.owasp.org/index.php/ZAP> Project leader
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