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Professional Organizations

Academy of Management is a professional association of scholars dedicated to creating and disseminating knowledge about management and organizations.

American Society for Quality has been traditionally focused on Deming-based quality control, total quality management, and improvement issues outside of software engineering. It offers several certification programs, including Six Sigma Black Belt, and recently announced the offering of a Certified Software Quality Engineer Exam.

American Society for the Advancement of Project Management is a not-for-profit professional society dedicated to advancing the project management discipline. Working with members, ASAPM provides the leadership for professional growth of both members and the profession.

Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to advancing the art, science, engineering, and application of information technology, serving both professional and public interests by fostering the open interchange of information and by promoting the highest professional and ethical standards. With a world-wide membership of 80,000, ACM functions as a locus for computing professionals and students working in the various fields of Information Technology. It provides Special Interests Groups (SIGs) for computing specialties with corresponding journals and conferences. ACM membership also includes a reflector address with on-line updating of their directory.

Boulder Colorado chapter of the ACM.

SIGSoft's Software Engineering Notes

Association of Information Systems is a professional organization whose purpose is to serve as the premier global organization for academics specializing in Information Systems.

Data Management Association is an international not-for-profit affiliation of local and regional chapters and Members-At-Large around the world consisting of thousands of data resource management professionals.

European Software Process Improvement Foundation promotes good software practice in Europe through the adoption of software process improvement. ESPI provide information and training to assist those starting out on the process improvement journey, and facilitate exchange of knowledge and experience between practicing organizations.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the largest professional engineering association in the world. Established for the professionalization, education, and career advancement of engineers in 1784, it also serves as an international standards body. IEEE has over 320,000 members in 147 countries and is headquartered in Piscataway, NJ. It publishes nearly 25% of the world's technical papers in electrical, electronic and computer engineering.

Institute for Information Technology is one of the National Research Council's research institutes. Its mission is to assist industry through collaborative research and development projects. The Institute works with companies individually and in groups, with product developers and lead users, with firms both large and small. IIT is a member of the Canadian Technology Network

The IEEE Computer Society traces its origins to the 1946 formation of the Subcommittee on Large-Scale Computing of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE). Five years later, the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) formed its Professional Group on Electronic Computers. The principal volunteer officers of both these groups were designated chairs. The AIEE and the IRE merged in 1963 to become the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The respective committee and group of the predecessor organizations combined to form the modern IEEE Computer Society. The Computer Society celebrates its fiftieth anniversary year in 1996.

IEEE Technical Committee on Fault Tolerant Computing is sponsored by both the IEEE Computer Society's Technical Committee on Fault-Tolerant Computing and IFIP Working Group 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance, has been created as a central source on the Web for information about dependable systems technology.

International Resources Management Association (IRMA) is a not-for-profit, vendor-independent, international professional organization dedicated to advancing the concepts and practices of information resources management in modern organizations. IRMA’s primary purpose is to promote the understanding, development and practice of managing information resources as key enterprise assets among IRM/IT professionals.

International Society of Parametric Analyst is a professional society dedicated to the improvement and promotion of parametric cost modeling techniques and methodologies and the related fields of risk analysis, econometrics, design-to-cost, technology forecasting, and management. ISPA provides a forum that encourages the professional development of its members through the interchange of ideas and perspectives.

Object Technology Users Group (OTUG) of Minneapolis.

Project Management Institute is an organization of over 40,000 providing resources and tools to achieve excellence in project management.

Society for Information Management. Established in 1968, the Society for Information Management (SIM) is a not-for-profit organization of information technology experts, including CIOs, CTOs and emerging IT leaders, as well as key professionals within the IT community, such as academicians and consultants.

Software Process Improvement Network is comprised of individuals who want to improve software engineering practice. The individuals are organized into regional groups called "SPINs" that meet and share their experiences initiating and sustaining software process improvement programs. They meet annually at the Software Engineering Process Group (SEPG) Conference, which is co-sponsored by the SEI and a regional SPIN.

Some local SPINs of renown include:

San Antonio Software Process Improvement Network (SASPIN) is a communication forum established for the free and open exchange of software process improvement experiences and practical ideas.

Society for Design and Process Science

The Management Round Table is the leading user-oriented authority on product development. Independent and unbiased, we bring together thought leaders and business practitioners whose common purpose is to define, develop, and deliver customer value — with minimum waste and maximum flexibility.

Standards of Professionalism 

Professional Engineer On July 18, 1998 the Texas Board of Professional Engineers enacted rules that recognized software engineering as a distinct engineering discipline. See Software Engineering: An Examination of the Actions Taken by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers

Quality Assurance Institute is dedicated to partnering with the enterprise-wide Information Quality profession. QAI is an international organization consisting of member companies in search of effective methods for detection-software quality control and prevention-software quality assurance. QAI provides leadership and state-of-the-art solutions in the form of consulting, education services, and assessments.

Certified Software Engineering Professional The IEEE Computer Society has established this certification. The first offering, for beta testing, was for examinations held in April and May of 2001.


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