[Owasp-leaders] Hiring a technical author

Jim Manico jim.manico at owasp.org
Mon Nov 9 17:20:13 UTC 2015


Sounds reasonable so we can pull from different sets of expertise....

On 11/9/15 7:09 AM, Dinis Cruz wrote:
> I agree that this is a very important resource, and maybe instead of 
> hiring a FTE, why don't we make a budget available for this, and then 
> allow the leaders to allocate it using 'blocks of time contracts'
>
> The actual contract could/should be managed by OWASP's FTE (or 
> something like elance) and in practice OWASP would be contracting 
> 5/10/20 days of technical editing from N contractors (located anywhere 
> in the world)
>
> This will most likely be better than one FTE dedicated as technical 
> author (since we would be able to hire based on technical knowledge 
> and focus)
>
> Dinis
>
> On 9 November 2015 at 16:56, Jim Manico <jim.manico at owasp.org 
> <mailto:jim.manico at owasp.org>> wrote:
>
>     Johanna,
>
>     I've been thinking about this hire quite a bit. I agree with you,
>     Simon and several other project leaders who have echoed this
>     request. It seems like a solid hire request (in some form or
>     fashion) that would serve the foundation in several regards. I get
>     the feeling we could keep a technical writer busy full time year
>     round.
>
>     I'd also like to see some technical resources enhance the wiki,
>     especially around editorial controls, but I think we could make
>     that happen with a contractor.
>
>     At the end of the day, this is Paul's call, but these suggestions
>     certainly help. :)
>
>     Aloha,
>     Jim
>
>
>
>     On 11/8/15 5:29 AM, johanna curiel curiel wrote:
>>     Hi All
>>
>>     I think we need a Technical Editor to help us clean up the text
>>     and a Wiki admin content manager, someone responsible for
>>     organising the content
>>     The Wiki Content Manager can work on how to structure the Wiki
>>     and apply a process similar to the Mozilla wiki for reviewing and
>>     publishing content
>>     I think we need to be realistic that a Wiki Content manager will
>>     not be able to 'know' how to structure Security content if
>>     himself is not familiar with the content
>>
>>     I think a Technical Editor will help shape the actual content and
>>     we should apply he rule 'divide and conquer'
>>
>>     Begin helping first some projects like ZAP, then it can move on
>>     to other tasks but these ones should be organised in a project ,
>>     prioritising the content that needs to be reviewed and organised
>>     first.
>>
>>     Regards
>>
>>     Johanna
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>     On Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 12:42 PM, Jim Manico <jim.manico at owasp.org
>>     <mailto:jim.manico at owasp.org>> wrote:
>>
>>         I agree with you 1000%, Tim.
>>
>>         I am trying to encourage OWASP to hire someone full time to
>>         own the wiki from a technical and editorial point of view. We
>>         do not even have the wiki community editorial features turned
>>         on, which is one of the main benefits of a real wiki...
>>
>>         I'm trying, Tim.
>>
>>         Aloha,
>>         Jim
>>
>>
>>         On 11/6/15 6:40 AM, Tim wrote:
>>
>>             I think this is an excellent idea.  Certainly some
>>             projects need the
>>             documentation help, but I'd be particularly interested in
>>             seeing this
>>             applied to the wiki.  Lots of areas can be improved.  Far
>>             too many
>>             technical topics in the wiki are out of date or
>>             disorganized to the
>>             point where I (as a pentester) don't feel good about
>>             pointing my
>>             clients to them.  But as Paul mentions, a conservative
>>             step-by-step
>>             approach is prudent.
>>
>>             tim
>>
>>
>>
>>             On Fri, Nov 06, 2015 at 08:30:37AM -0800, Paul Ritchie wrote:
>>
>>                 Hello Simon Jim, All:
>>
>>                 Re:  technical author working on a load of ZAP
>>                 documentation.
>>
>>                 +1 on my side.  I would like to see this proceed with
>>                 some 'first-hand'
>>                 recommendations from the Community on 'contract
>>                 authors' who have been
>>                 efficient & successful on past projects.
>>                 I'd also like to see the search look on a Global
>>                 Scale to help reduce costs.
>>
>>                 At this moment, I would not be supportive of a FT
>>                 person until we see
>>                 enough work for FT, and the quality/consistency of
>>                 the contractors output.
>>
>>                 Paul
>>
>>                 Best Regards, Paul Ritchie
>>                 OWASP Executive Director
>>                 paul.ritchie at owasp.org <mailto:paul.ritchie at owasp.org>
>>
>>
>>                 On Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 7:57 AM, Jim Manico
>>                 <jim.manico at owasp.org <mailto:jim.manico at owasp.org>>
>>                 wrote:
>>
>>                     Simon,
>>
>>                     Your request is duly noted, Simon.
>>
>>                     What a great time to bring this up as we are
>>                     going to be discussing 2016
>>                     budgeting soon.
>>
>>                     Give me a few weeks but I'll keep you updated on
>>                     the progress of this
>>                     request.
>>
>>                     I get the feeling that between the wiki and a few
>>                     projects alone, we could
>>                     keep more than one technical writer busy full
>>                     time....
>>
>>                     Aloha,
>>
>>                     --
>>                     Jim Manico
>>                     Global Board Member
>>                     OWASP Foundationhttps://www.owasp.org
>>                     <http://www.owasp.org>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>                     On 11/6/15 12:14 AM, psiinon wrote:
>>
>>                     We could _really_ do with a technical author
>>                     working on a load of ZAP
>>                     documentation.
>>                     Does anyone have any recommendations for someone
>>                     we could employ (we have
>>                     some funds)?
>>
>>                     Are any other projects interested in doing
>>                     something similar?
>>                     Could OWASP employ a technical author (full
>>                     time/part time/contract) and
>>                     them make them available to projects (possibly
>>                     for a discounted fee)?
>>                     I suspect we could keep one pretty busy between us...
>>
>>                     Cheers,
>>
>>                     Simon
>>
>>                     --
>>                     OWASP ZAP <https://www.owasp.org/index.php/ZAP>
>>                     Project leader
>>
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