Richmond SPIN

 


“Richmond SPIN strives to provide a forum for software process improvement professionals to share knowledge, best practices and experiences”  

What is SPIN?

A Software and Systems Process Improvement Network (SPIN) is an organization of professionals in a given geographical area who are interested in software and systems process improvement.  SPINs around the world are promoted by Software Engineering Institute (SEI) of Carnegie Mellon University who invented CMM, CMMi and PST/TSP models.  

The relation between SEI and SPINs is very loosely coupled.  SEI does provide support for bringing in speakers from other SPINs, networking, etc.  SEI plays no role in the memberships or other affairs of the local SPINs.  The local SPINs drive everything in their area.  SEI acts as an umbrella.

Joining a SPIN recognizes one's commitment and loyalty to improving the state of software and systems engineering, as well as placing one in contact with a network of expertise within their community. It is a practical forum for the interchange of ideas, information, and mutual support. Each regional SPIN is slightly different, based on the vision of the founders and the needs of the community. For more information on SPINs, see,
http://www.sei.cmu.edu/collaborating/spins/

There are currently 124 SPINs worldwide.  Richmond SPIN is at the infant stage and need lot of support from the local industries and professionals.

Richmond SPIN Goals:

  • Provide a forum for software process improvement professionals to exchange knowledge, lessons learned and best practices in Richmond, VA.
  • Organize seminars and monthly meetings on latest topics in systems and software process improvement.Richmond industry software process and metrics benchmarking.
  • Develop professional development opportunities for local professionals.

Topics Discussed and Presented at SPIN Meetings:

  • Introduction to CMM and CMMi models. 
  • Six Sigma: Tools, Methods and Practices
  • Software Baselining as Foundation to Configuration Management.
  • Tools for Requirements Management: Requisite Pro & Doors.
  • Microsoft Team Foundation Server – overview.
  • Branch Coverage Technique for Unit Testing.
  • Quality Control and Quality Assurance in Software Development.
  • Workshop on Behavioral Interviews in Software Process Improvement, QA and Testing (for interviewers and interviewees.)
  • Certification Workshops for CSTE, CSQA and ISTQB 

Who Should Join:

  • Senior managers 
  • QA and Testing professionals
  • QA Managers
  • Infrastructure and systems professionals
  • IT Project / program managers
  • Architects and technical leads

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