The Austin area chapter of the Software Process Improvement Network, hereafter referred to as the A-SPIN, was established in 1993.
The Austin SPIN is a leadership forum for the free and open exchange of software quality and process improvement ideas and experiences. The organization will serve as a source of practical, educational, and scientific information for its members, other SPIN organizations, and the general software community.
In carrying out its mission, the A-SPIN organization will act to accomplish the following objectives within the software community:
Membership in the A-SPIN is open, without discrimination, to all individuals, companies, universities, and government organizations who are interested in furthering the objectives of the A-SPIN. A company, university, or government organization may designate a member of the A-SPIN as its point of contact. An individual, company, university, or government organization becomes a member of the A-SPIN by enrolling and participating in the organization.
The Austin SPIN will consist of its members who attend meetings, an executive board and ad-hoc committees as designated by the executive board. Committee members and officers will receive no remuneration for their services.
A. EXECUTIVE BOARD
The Executive Board will consist of a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary-Treasurer, a Program Chair, a Communications Chair, and as many as two (2) at-large members. The executive board will meet at least four times a year.
The responsibilities of the Executive Board will be as follows:
Responsibilities of Executive Board Members
Members of the Executive Board are expected to attend A-SPIN meetings regularly and also to attend the regular Executive Board meetings.
Responsibilities of the President
The President will:
Responsibilities of Vice-President
The Vice-President will:
Responsibilities of Secretary-Treasurer
The Secretary-Treasurer will:
Responsibilities of Program Chair
The Program Chair will:
Responsibilities of Communications Chair
The Communications Chair will:
VI. TERMS OF OFFICE
All Executive Board members will be elected by the A-SPIN members for a term of one (1) year, or until elections are held. The term of office will coincide with the A-SPIN calendar year. An individual in an elected position may serve no more than four (4) consecutive terms in the same position. A two (2) term hiatus must ensue before the individual is once again eligible for the same position. Executive Board members who have failed to attend at least half of the Executive Board meetings during a period of one year, or who have failed to attend A-SPIN meetings for a period of six months or more, may be removed from the Executive Board by vote of the remaining members of the Board.
VII. A-SPIN CALENDAR YEAR
The A-SPIN calendar year will run from 1 August to 31 July.
VIII. NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
A slate of nominations for the following offices will be presented to the membership for vote at the election meeting:
Nominations for these offices will be accepted from the membership both prior to the election meeting and from the floor before the vote. The elections will be conducted by secret ballot for contested offices. The winner of the office will be determined by a simple majority vote among the participating members. The membership is defined as those persons who attended one meeting in the last twelve-month period. Any elected officials can be removed from office by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the executive board.
Meetings of the A-SPIN membership will take place regularly during the year at one or more sites that are open and accessible to all members. An announcement for each membership meeting will be disseminated to all members in advance of the meeting. . No official business of the A-SPIN will be conducted unless a quorum of the organization is present. A quorum is defined to be at least ten (10) percent of the membership. The election meeting will be the last meeting of the A-SPIN calendar year.
X. BYLAW REVISIONS
Bylaw revisions must be approved at membership meetings by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the participants in the vote. At least ten (10) percent of the A-SPIN members must participate in the vote for the vote to be valid.
XI. DISSOLUTION OF ORGANIZATION
Dissolution of the A-SPIN organization by consent of the members shall consist of unanimous agreement of all its officers, together with a majority vote at a meeting which has been publicized in advance to all members of the organization for the purpose of taking this vote.
For more information about A-SPIN,or to suggest program topics, send email to: President "at" austin-spin.org
Information about monthly meetings is distributed by E-mail. To be added to the mailing list, send your name, a brief description of what you do, and your email address to: President "at" austin-spin.org