There is no cost to join the Silicon Valley Systems and Software Process
Improvement Network (SV-SPIN). Simply join the Yahoo! group at http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/SVSPIN to be added to
our Mailing List/Distribution. You are not required to join the group to attend
- Meet others in your field
- Get ideas of approaches from SPIN speakers
- Get answers from others who have faced the same problems you are facing
- Employment Announcements targeted to the Process/Quality Improvement Professional skill set
- Many members have found their past position(s) via SPIN contacts
- Members have been able to recruit excellent members to join their team via relationships formed at SPIN Meetings (And get a referral bonus!)
- Employers looking for talented and motivated professionals also have filled positions via the SPIN
- Announcements for attending Conferences
- Calls for Presentation for Conferences
- Professional Accreditation: Attending SPIN meetings provides credits towards renewing ASQ and PMP Certifications
- SEI Membership
- StepUp Solutions Training Classes
- Process Improvement Publications from Auerbach Publications
- Discounts for Conference Attendance
O'Reilly User Group Program
SV-SPIN is a member of the O'Reilly User Group Program which provides the following benefits:
- If you have any interest in writing book reviews, O'Reilly offers free review copies of their books.
for the guidelines and to browse the books that are available for review.
There's an amazing selection of great books!
The requests need to come through me, so if you're interested in writing a review,
please let me know.
We'll publish the reviews on our website and/or our Yahoo Group site.
- If you aren't interested in writing reviews, but still like to purchase and read books,
SV-SPIN members receive a 35% discount on O'Reilly, No Starch,
PC Publishing, Pragmatic Bookshelf, Rocky Nook,
SitePoint, and YoungJin products purchased directly from O'Reilly.
The discount code you should use is DSUG.
Orders can be placed online at http://www.oreilly.com/store/ or by calling 800-998-9938.
Our members are also entitled to a discount on O'Reilly conferences and tutorials.
Other special discount offers may also be forwarded to me from time to time -
I'll try to filter these to keep this list from feeling like the O'Reilly Spam Club
and only forward on those that look like they'll be of interest to the membership.
- Some of their authors are able to speak at group meetings.
Let me know if you are interested in someone in particular and I'll do what
I can to help arrange it.
Occasional Giveaways and Door Prizes:
O'Reilly also regularly donates books and other promotional items for
meeting door prizes -- just let me know if you're interested in something
particular and I'll put in a request.
President, Silicon Valley SPIN