The past six months at SPIN has been an enriching experience. I attended my first SPIN meeting about thirteen months ago and was immediately keen to play a greater part of this initiative. The once in a month meetings are after hours, there is really no better place to meet individuals who are passionate about what they do and willing to share their experiences. I saw this as an opportunity to surround myself with passionate people, and I have discovered that this indeed is the case.
SPIN is a great initiative; there is no monetary benefit to anyone involved: the committee members, speakers or members. It simply is about sharing one’s experience with the community at large. What has amazed me is not only the number of attendees but also the broad spectrum of member profiles. There is definitely a strong learning culture here.
SPIN’s primary objective is to:
‘promote transformation via process improvement and by enhancing its member’s skills’
I like the fact that it is not tied into a specific software development methodology or framework. It is simply sharing real life experiences and raising awareness about relevant processes in our ever changing industry.
We have had quite a number of the sponsors who have approached us and offered to sponsor the meetings. I always get excited when this happens, it gives us an indication that we are definitely providing events with value to the community at large. Many thanks to all our awesome sponsors this year.
A special thanks to all the speakers that have spoken this year. We have also had some very keen first time public speakers. We have such a warm crowd that we encourage these speakers to go ahead and use us as a platform.
I would also like to personally thank my fellow committee members. We are all people with busy schedules, but when it comes to preparation time for the monthly event, each one has played his part. It has been such a team effort, and been an awesome experience sharing the last six months with you guys, looking forward to the next six months as well.
Elections for next year’s committee is coming up soon, I encourage anyone who is keen to play an active part of SPIN to elect yourself or recommend someone. I can assure you it will definitely be worth your time and efforts.