Local chapters are essential in supporting local members and achieving of INCOSE’s goals and objectives. Far more than local administrative groups, chapters are performing units that organize a multitude of professional and social programs, conduct membership recruitment and retention drives, support technical activities striving to advance the state and art of systems engineering, and market INCOSE as the international authoritative body on systems engineering. Regional Representatives provide the first line of support. To provide more in-depth help, the goal of the Keys to Effective Chapters program is to identify and promote best practices for chapters, to help them operate efficiently by providing basic process guidelines and examples of best practices. This is especially important as there is often a significant change in leadership from year to year and often the new team starts over versus a smooth transition.
Critical Success Factors for Chapters
- Continuous recruiting of leadership team
- Chapter officer training
- Leadership teamwork
- Chapter planning
- Mentoring by Sector Leadership
These are leading indicators predictive of sustained performance, and are an inherent part of Keys to Effective Chapters.
A Wiki for Chapter Best Practices is available at this website: http://keys-to-effective-ch.wikispaces.com/