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Mission

The Thailand SPIN exists to promote software process improvement and software quality by providing a forum for discussions and sharing of software improvement experiences and ideas. Meetings and membership are open to all people interested in furthering software process improvement and software quality.

Our goal is to enhance skills, promote awareness of quality methods and best practices, and support technology transition through an active program of networking, publications, recognition of excellence, and mutual support.

About Us

The Thailand SPIN exists to promote software process improvement and software quality by providing a forum for discussions and sharing of software improvement experiences and ideas. Meetings and membership are open to all people interested in furthering software process improvement and software quality. 

Our goal is to enhance skills, promote awareness of quality methods and best practices, and support technology transition through an active program of networking, publications, recognition of excellence, and mutual support.


2008 Direction (Goal/Objective)

Goal     
To raise the awareness of software development process improvement standards, certifications and tools.

Objective

  • To encourage the community to share their knowledge and experience.
  • To leverage SPI knowledge and capacity of Thai software developers. 

Charter

1. Establishment

The Thailand charter of Software Process Improvement Network, hereafter referred to as the Thailand SPIN, was originally established on 29th July 1999 as an independent, non-profit organization supported by Software Park Thailand. From January 31, 2006, the charter is reformed and run by the collaboration of local private and public IT entities.

2. Mission

The Thailand SPIN exists to promote software process improvement and software quality by providing a forum for discussions and sharing of software improvement experiences and ideas. Meetings and membership are open to all people interested in furthering software process improvement and software quality. Our goal is to enhance skills, promote awareness of quality methods and best practices, and support technology transition through an active program of networking, publications, recognition of excellence, and mutual support.

3. Objectives

In carrying out its mission, the Thailand SPIN organization acts to accomplish the following objectives within the software community:
  -  Advance the quality and reliability of software.
  -  Improve and promote quality awareness throughout the software community.
  -  Improve software productivity.
  -  Promote software process maturity.
  -  Transfer software improvement and quality knowledge and innovation to all participants.
  -  Share lessons learned, experiences and best practices among participants, other software and systems organizations and other SPIN organizations.
  -  Promote cooperation between industry, academic, and government with respect to software process improvement and quality technology.

4. Membership

Membership in the Thailand SPIN is open without discrimination, to all individuals, companies, universities, and government organizations that are interested in furthering objectives of the Thailand SPIN. There are no membership dues. Voting right is however limited to organizational members, one organization per vote.

5. Organization

The Thailand SPIN will consist of a steering committee and various standing and ad hoc committees. All committee members and officers will receive no remuneration for their services.
5.1 Steering Committee
The steering committee will consist of a chairperson, a vice chairperson, secretary, treasurer, liaison, and chairperson of each standing committee. The steering committee will meet at least twice a year.

The responsibilities of the steering committee will be, as follows:
  • Manage the affairs of the Thailand SPIN organization
• Generate the operating budget
• Approve or authorize all expenditures either by individual appropriation or by budget
• Maintain coordination with other SPIN organizations
• Approve programs for SPIN meetings
• Make appointments to vacancies in elected committee positions
• Appoint standing and ad hoc committee chairpersons
• Establish and disband standing and ad hoc committees
  5.1.1 Responsibilities of Chairperson
The chairperson presides at regular meetings of the Thailand SPIN and at meetings of the Steering Committee. The chairperson is responsible for assuring the reassignment of duties of other Steering Committee members in the event of their absence, or in the event of incapacity, until they are replaced by the Steering Committee. The chairperson maintains a list of current role assignments and ensures that the sponsor and co-sponsor interests are maintained.
  5.1.2 Responsibilities of Vice Chairperson
The Vice Chairperson takes over the chairperson 's duties when the chairperson is not available, and such duties as the chairperson may delegate.
  5.1.3 Responsibilities of Secretary
The secretary will be responsible for recording the minutes of all Thailand SPIN and steering committee meetings, conveying minutes to the library committee, and disseminating all Thailand SPIN membership correspondence. The secretary will also be a member of the membership committee. The secretary will also be responsible for maintaining all literature pertinent to the mission of the organization including all meeting minutes and any available presentation materials.
  5.1.4 Responsibilities of Treasurer
The treasurer will be the custodian of all funds of the Thailand SPIN under direction from the steering committee. The treasurer will render an annual report within thirty (30) days of the end of the Thailand SPIN fiscal year, plus any special reports required by the steering committee. The treasurer will monitor all expenditures against the budget and will have authorization to sign Thailand SPIN checks.
  5.1.5 Responsibilities of Liaison
The liaison is the point of contact for other SPINs, professional organizations (e.g., ATSI, TISI, PMI, PSM), and other organizations such as the SEI. The liaison coordinates with these organizations to transfer information and disseminate information to Steering Committee members.
The liaison distributes related information that the Steering Committee feels is of general interest to the current SPIN participants.
5.2 General Participants
Participation in the Thailand SPIN is open without discrimination to all individuals, companies, academic institutions, and government organizations who are interested in furthering the objectives of the Thailand SPIN. Co-sponsorship is encouraged, though not required.
  5.3 Standing Committees
  Standing committees will support the continuing long-term activities of the Thailand SPIN. The chairperson of each standing committee will be responsible for appointing all members of his/her committee and for ensuring that meeting minutes are forwarded to the steering committee. The committees may include, though not be limited to, the following:
    5.3.1 Program Committee
The program committee will be responsible for the topics and speakers at all Thailand SPIN meetings. Specific responsibilities include:
• Recruit speakers
• Coordinate meeting facilities, equipment, refreshments, etc. for both the SPIN and Steering Committee meetings)
• Plan seminars and other educational events
• Solicit, gather and publicize appropriate and relevant course offerings, conferences, seminars and other educational and networking opportunities to SPIN members via the website
• Evaluate other activities and make appropriate plans
• Create announcements about activities and send to mailing list
• Introduce each speaker and act as a time-keeper to ensure that the meeting runs according to schedule
• Maintain meeting history (for both the SPIN and Steering Committee meetings)
    5.3.2 Network and Website Committee
The network and website committee will be responsible for maintaining and updating the website, adding features and maintain content. Recommendations from SPIN members for website improvements will be solicited, gathered and maintained by the website committee. All changes will be approved by the Steering committee. In the same time the network and website committee will be responsible for soliciting and enrolling new members into the organization and maintaining a database of the current members.
•Take registration for meetings (for both the SPIN and Steering Committee meetings)
• Send registration list to meeting site contact
• Maintain current SPIN membership list
• Maintain SPIN membership contact directory and post to website (with permission of members)
5.4 Ad Hoc Committees
Ad Hoc committees will be established by the steering committee for the conduct of specific, limited-term activities. The chairperson of each ad hoc committee will be responsible for appointing all members of his/her committee and for ensuring that meeting minutes are forwarded to the library committee. The ad hoc committees may include, though not be limited to, the following:
    5.4.1 Nominating Committee
The nominating committee will be established to draw up a slate of nominees for the elected positions of the Thailand SPIN organization. The members of the nominating committee will be appointed no less than three (3) months ahead of the election meeting.
    5.4.2 Sponsorship Committee
The sponsorship committee will be established to establish or review the status of the current sponsorship of the Thailand SPIN organization. The members of the sponsorship committee will be appointed no less than three (3) months ahead of the end of the calendar meeting.

6. Terms of Role Assignment

All elected committee members will be elected by the Thailand SPIN members for a term of one (1) year, or until their successors are elected. The term of office will coincide with the Thailand SPIN calendar year. Ad hoc committee members will serve only until they have fulfilled their mission.
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.

7. Thailand SPIN Calendar Year

The Thailand SPIN calendar year will run from Jan 1 to Dec 31

8. Nominations and Elections

A slate of nominations for the following offices will be presented by the nominating committee to the membership for vote at the election meeting:
  -  Chairperson
  -  Vice chairperson
  -  Secretary
  -  Treasurer
  -  Liaison
Additional 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 with voting rights. No official business of the Thailand 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 voting members. Any elected officials can be removed from office by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the steering committee.

9. Charter Revisions

Proposed charter revisions are distributed and announced in advance of a general SPIN meeting. Charter revisions must be approved at a subsequent Steering Committee meeting, where the approval has been identified as an agenda item, by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the participants in the vote.
At least fifty (50) percent of the Thailand SPIN Steering Committee must participate in the vote for the vote to be valid. Voting may be done in person or via electronic means.

10.Dissolution of organization

Dissolution of the Thailand 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.

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