ANST Constitution & Objectives

Association of Nigeria Software Testers (ANST)

The Association of Nigeria Software Testers (ANST) is a professional non-profit organization that is dedicated and strives to build a testing community that views the role of testing as skilled, relevant, and essential to the production of faster, better, and less expensive software products.

ANST manages the professional Software Testing community for professionals, researchers, and enthusiasts in Nigeria

The Association of Nigeria Software Testers is dedicated to advancing the understanding of the science and practice of software testing according to Context-Driven principles.

Mission

To improve the software testing profession in Nigeria by allowing software testers to be certified, connecting the Nigeria software testing community, and encouraging innovation and best practices among organizations.

Objectives

We encourage, facilitate, and coordinate partnerships between software testers and information technology practitioners in Nigeria.

We promote the value of software testing as a profession to individuals and organizations.

We help software testers in Nigeria to be more efficient and effective in their work, through the certification of competencies.

We organize and host a monthly ANST meet ups to enable software testers and information technology practitioners to socially interact and discuss on current events as well as share knowledge, innovations and opportunities in software testing

We organize an annual Testers Conference that brings together developers, testers, enthusiasts, researchers and information technology practitioners to discuss testing best practices, theories, and techniques as well as reposition testing as the key to assure quality in the information technology sector

Create a software testing hub (“TestHub”) to develop software testing skills capacity for the information technology sector in Nigeria

We support the teaching of software testing in tertiary institutions by facilitating programmes to develop skills capacity development and publishing resources that assist in classroom presentations and self-study.

General Guiding Principles

ANST is focused on supporting the development of professionalism in software testing, among practitioners and academics, at all levels of experience and education.

ANST views software testing as an empirical, technical investigation conducted to provide stakeholders with quality-related information.

ANST views software testing as a cognitively complex activity that requires critical thinking, effective communication, and rapid self-directed learning.

ANST believes that willingness to work collaboratively through controversy is vital to the growth and education of the field and those in it.

ANST nurtures future generations of leadership in software testing in Nigeria through emphasis on personal growth in both ethical behaviour and technical competence.

ANST supports the credentialing of software testers to the extent that the credential is marketed and presented consistently with the levels of knowledge, skill and experience that the credential measures or reflects.

ANST values all types of instruction in software testing, from all sources, to the extent that the instruction, instructional materials, and assessment are marketed honestly and promote the development of knowledge, skills, critical thinking, and respect for the diversity of well-informed views in the field.

Core Governance Principles

ANST’s leaders make decisions based on ANST’s ethics, ANST’s brand integrity, and value for ANST members while being mindful of the potential for conflicts of interest for our members, volunteers, and staff.

ANST strives toward making the organization self-sustaining through means other than strictly volunteerism.

ANST finances its mission through strategic partnerships and programmes consistent with its non-profit status, code of ethics, its guiding principles, and its high values of quality, relevance, and integrity.

Finances

ANST finances its mission through products and services consistent with its non-profit status, code of ethics, its guiding principles, and its high values of quality, relevance, and integrity.

Software testing is constantly gaining in importance in all business areas around the globe. Therefore, software testing professionals in Nigeria have come together and formed a non- profit, professional body to nurture, promote and support the software testing profession in Nigeria and help fellow software testing professionals earn globally accepted qualifications.

Key Policies

Based on the fundamental concepts, being “in tune with the changing climate” and “contributing to a healthy and fruitful life for all”, the key policy of the ANST is to maximize the “long-term corporate value” of the entire group. As such, the group develops its group management by continuing to focus the allocation of resources into core businesses and growth businesses.

Organizational Structure

President

Vice President

General Secretary

Treasurer

Director of Membership & Participation

Director of Professional Development & Training

Director of Media Relations

Director of Events

Director of IT

To distribute the work that needs to be done by the ANST, the executive committee shall comprise of the following:

President: The president represents the board and is the first point of contact for outside organizations. The president presides over all the meetings of the both the General Body and executive committee of the ANST. The standard term of office is two years. Re-election is possible.

Vice President: Assists the President in discharging his functions. In the absence of the President, he will perform the duty of the President as entrusted by him. The vice president deputizes for the president when necessary. The standard term of office is two years. Re-election is possible.

General Secretary: The general secretary serves as the custodian to all records relating to the ANST and be the correspondent.  The general secretary shall take record of all minutes and convene both the bodies of the association with the permission of the President.  The general secretary will guide the Treasurer in preparing the budget and expenditure statement to put before the General Body for its approval.

Treasurer: The treasurer is responsible for all the financial transactions relating to the ANST. The treasurer mmaintains the ANST accounts properly along with the vouchers. The treasurer prepares the budget expenditure statement with the guidance of the general ssecretary. The treasurer must operate the accounts of the association jointly with Secretary and President.

Director of Membership and Participation: Directs and oversees membership activities for the association. Develops programs, initiatives, and policies designed to increase membership. Creates, updates, and distributes information to current members as well as prospective members. Source and manage relationships with sponsors and partners of ANST.

Director of Professional Development and Training: Coordinates the professional development program for the ANST and assess its effectiveness on a continuous basis. The position serves as a resource to the ANST’s organizational development initiatives by developing training and support programs for registered members, conducting ongoing needs assessments, and evaluating the success, or lack thereof, of all ANST’s professional development endeavors.

Director of Media Relations: Builds and fosters relationships with key stakeholders across traditional and online media channels. Establishes and implements strategic communications plans; and develops, writes and/or approves messaging for press releases and pitches, talking points, social media accounts, speeches, and media statements

Director of Events: Organize, mobilize and/or coordinate ANST members, event participants, and other stakeholders for the successful execution of planned events.

Director of IT: Manages ANST’s information technology resources and supervises adhoc staff responsible for operating and supporting the IT systems.

The standard term of office for all executive committee positions is two (2) years and can be re-elected for a maximum of another one term.

Constitution of the Association of Nigeria Software Testers (ANST)

The ANST has the following tasks:

Encourage, facilitate, and coordinate partnerships between testing professionals and testing researchers.

Publish content both online and in print containing leading-edge information on testing practice and theory.

Organize and host a monthly meet ups to enable testers to socially interact and discuss on current events as well as opportunities in testing

Organize an annual ANST Conference to bring together developers, testers, enthusiasts and researchers in an exchange of testing practices, theories, and techniques.

Support the teaching of software testing in tertiary institutions by encouraging projects to develop and publish resources that assist classroom presentation, grading, and self-study.

Membership of the ANST

ANST is intended for professionals, researchers, and enthusiasts working in Software Testing and Software Quality Assurance in Nigeria.

The Association of Nigeria Software Testers (ANST) is a professional non-profit association that is dedicated and strives to build a testing community that views the role of testing as skilled, relevant, and essential to the production of faster, better, and less expensive software products.

Classes of members

The membership of the association consists of ordinary members, no other classes of members has been set for now.

Membership Registration Guidelines

Member Joining Fee

Members are free to join at any time and there is no joining fee.

How to apply?

Apply by filling the application form online on the ANST website

On submission, you will receive an acknowledgement on the membership application

The ANST executive committee will review the application and decide on the membership category

If the application is successful, the ANST will send a congratulatory message and the membership details to the new member via e-mail

Validity of the membership

Membership is valid for one (1) year and renewable for another year

In justified cases the ANST reserves the right to expel a member. Such cases include:

Enduring non-activity

Deliberate violation of rules of procedure, goals and the spirit of the ANST.

Violation of any non-disclosure agreements

Support of a competing scheme

Board of Trustees

The board of trustees of ANST shall serve as the governing body that set and, as needed, modify the vision, mission and values of the ANST. The trustees key areas of contributions are as follows:

Ensure a sensible and feasible Strategic Plan.

Approve and monitor the Annual Plan.

Approve the budget of the ANST.

Develop and review the general policy direction.

Monitor, assess the performance of, and nurture the executive committee.

Approve major policies and programme initiatives of the ANST executive committee

The board of trustees shall hold a quarterly review session with the executive committee through out the year  and during the Nigeria Testers Conference (NTC) to review the performance of ANST in the previous year and set goals for the new year.

The executive team must report quarterly to the board of trustees.

Election of Executive Committee Members

All executive committee members shall be elected for a term of two (2) years

Election shall be open to all registered ANST members.

Every executive committee member shall be elected by majority of ANST members.

The first Saturday of the month of November shall be set aside for a general election of new executive committee members. The election shall take place through electronic voting. The newly elected executive committee members shall be sworn into office(s) during the annual Nigeria Testers Conference (NTC). The transitional period shall be the month of October during which the outgoing executive committee members shall hand over power.

The outgoing Treasurer shall render financial statement of the ANST to the group after the independent auditors have examined and certified the books.

Qualifications for Election of Executive Committee Members

All registered ANST members are qualified to run for an election office if such member had registered with the Association at least one year (1Yr).

Must not have undergone any discipline action or procedure within one year (1Yr).

Any member removed from office for any reason whatsoever shall not be eligible to run for any office for a period of four years (4Yrs)

Electoral Procedure

The members of the Association’s Electoral Committee shall be elected at the Nigeria Testers Conference (NTC).

The Electoral committee shall be appointed at the Nigeria Testers Conference (NTC) to coordinate the electoral process.

The President shall nominate electoral committee with approval of the ANST group member’s vote.

Electoral committee shall comprise of three (3) members.

They shall verify candidates’ qualification, organize and conduct election according to electoral process.

After the votes have been casts and votes counted, the Chairman of the Electoral committee shall announce the results.

Elected officers are sworn in immediately after results have been announce.

Elected officers can only run for a maximum of 2 terms.

Grounds for Removal of Executive Committee Members.

Embezzlement and misappropriation of funds.

Gross, reckless, negligence use and abuse of power.

Non-performance or neglect of official duties.

The use of position or officer for personal gain or in an unauthorized manner

Any other acts, actions and activities considered to be prejudicial or detrimental to the best interest and reputation of the Association.

Contingency Plan for Officer’s Removal

If for any reason an officer is relieved of his position, the person serving as Vice President shall take over that office until election is held. In the absence of Vice President, the President shall have the power in conjunction with the board of trustees to appoint an interim replacement.

If for any reason the whole executive committee shall resign or be relieved of their post and responsibilities, a committee shall be formed by the general ANST group to run the affairs of the Association and such committee shall arrange for an early election(s). The elected officers shall complete the remaining term of the relieved executives. The committee shall comprise of eight (8) members.

Executive Committee Meetings and Voting

The president invites ANST committee members to meetings via e-mail by announcing the location and agenda, at least 6 weeks in advance. The president may admit non-voting guests to attend for various items on the agenda.

Only executive committee members that are present can cast their vote at meetings.

The meeting constitutes a quorum if at least four national board representatives (or their deputies) are present.

Constitutionally related resolutions must achieve a two-thirds majority, while all other resolutions are decided by a majority.

Amendments

The Executive committee shall not alter or repeal any part of this constitution adopted by the ANST group. Addition/Subtraction of Article, Heading and Subtraction shall be amended in harmony by a majority of the ANST group present at the annual Nigeria testers conference (NTC) where the Amendment is presented.