RTP - Software Process Improvement Network

Charter


I. ESTABLISHMENT

The Research Triangle Park Software Process Improvement Network, hereafter referred to as the RTP-SPIN, was established in June, 1991.

II. MISSION

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

III. OBJECTIVES

In carrying out its mission, the RTP-SPIN intends to accomplish the following objectives within the software community:

IV. MEMBERSHIP

Membership in the RTP SPIN is free and open to all individuals, companies, universities, and government organizations who are interested in furthering the objectives of the RTP-SPIN.

V. ORGANIZATION

The RTP-SPIN is organized as a Leadership Council, Standing Committees and participants. Leadership Council members, Standing Committee members, and general participants receive no remuneration for their services.

A. LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

The RTP-SPIN will consist of a Leadership Council with participants who have committed to actively take on the roles and responsibilities of the various functions necessary to run the RTP-SPIN. The following specific roles are defined:

1. The responsibilities of the Leadership Council will be as follows: 2. The responsibilities of the Chair, Leadership Council will be as follows: B. STANDING COMMITTEES

B.1. Meeting Operations

The responsibilities of the Chair, Meeting Operations will be as follows:

B.2. Membership

The responsibilities of the Chair, Membership will be as follows:

B.3. Publicity

The responsibilities of the Chair, Publicity will be as follows:

VII. ROLE ASSIGNMENTS AND TERMS

Any SPIN participant may petition the Leadership Council to become a Council member. The Leadership Council approves appointment of all Committee Chairs. The Leadership Council will have a maximum of 12 members. At most 3 people from the same company may be Leadership Council members. At most 2 people from the same company may hold a Leadership Council Chair position. All positions on the Leadership Council will be approved for one (1) term, for twelve (12) months, with a maximum of two (2) consecutive terms.

The Leadership Council operates as a consensus based decision-making team. All Leadership Council members have equal voice in the decision making process. Decisions are approved by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the participants in the vote.

VII. PARTICIPANT FEES

There are no fees for being a member of the RTP-SPIN or any of the SPIN meetings. For special training seminars, conferences, or special events, the Leadership Council will determine any applicable fees.

VIII. MEETINGS

RTP-SPIN meetings will take place at least five (5) times a year at a place determined by the Chair, Meeting Operations Committee. These meetings are open to anyone. Communication regarding these meetings will be via e-mail sent to the RTP-SPIN distribution list, posting on the RTP-SPIN web site, and any other available communications mechanisms.

The Leadership Council will meet at least twice (2) a year. The Leadership Council meetings are open to only Leadership Council members. Leadership Council Members will be informed of the meeting via e-mail at least 14 days in advance. At least three (3) Leadership Council Chairs, or their designee, must be present for a quorum.

IX. CHARTER REVISIONS

Charter revisions are approved at Leadership Council meetings by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the participants in the vote. At least fifty (50) percent of the RTP-SPIN Leadership Council must participate in the vote for the vote to be valid.

X. DISSOLUTION OF ORGANIZATION

The RTP-SPIN organization can be dissolved only with the unanimous agreement of all Leadership Council members, together with a majority vote at a meeting publicized in advance to all current participants of the RTP-SPIN for the purpose of taking this vote.


(Last update: 09/04/00 )