A better world through a systems approach
A wealth of information is available to assist chapters. Information will be found in both your INCOSE Connect account, Profile Home and INCOSE Store to access the information below. 
  • Chapter's INCOSE Connect Workspace Templates, guides, best practices, and more. This is the primary workspace for chapter resources. 
  • Asynchronous Presentations A selection of presentations available to chapters with slides and audio 
  • Rosters for Chapter Leaders Chapter Membership Rosters are available in your Profile Home.
  • Promotional Items for Chapter Membership Recruitment small INCOSE items to give away to members, meeting attendees, or prospective members are available in the INCOSE Store.
  • Discussion Forum Ask questions and read responses from members all over the world.
  • Starting a Chapter

    INCOSE encourages the formation of chapters to serve its members. Specific geographic areas define each chapter. An example of a service to the membership is the conduct of meetings. Steps for forming a chapter are summarized in the table below. These steps are described in detail in the Chapter Start-Up Guidelines: Procedure For Creating A New INCOSE Chapter (221 KB PDF). These guidelines also describe resources available from INCOSE, sample informational meeting survey, chapter programs lessons learned, instructions and template for chapter bylaws, and the chapter charter application.

    Phase Description of Steps
    Pre-start-up
    • Determine need and viability of new INCOSE chapter
    • Generate interest from individuals and sponsors
    • Identify a “core team” of 5-6 persons
    • Hold an informational meeting to introduce INCOSE in the area
    • Create a Chapter Advisory Committee
    • Achieve membership quota of 10 or more individuals
    • Hold an organizational meeting to elect interim officers and approve bylaws  
    • Grow the chapter and apply for INCOSE Charter
    • Achieve membership quota of 25 or more individuals
    Start-up
    Emerging
    Chartered

     The New Chapter Coordinator assists newly-forming chapters, and facilitates communication between all chapters on issues, programs, and planning. Contact the coordinator to obtain information about starting up a chapter in your area.

    New Chapter Coordinator:
    Cecilia Haskins.

    Key to Effective Chapters

    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/.