ADDM Discovery Interest Group – Governance Principles
- The group is formed for the advancement of the practice of discovery in technology environments using BMC products. It is independent of BMC and in no way tied to BMC’s opinions or corporate policies.
- The Group will operate within the UK legal framework and individual member organisations’ own regulatory environments and ethical guidelines.
- The Group will operate with the aim of improving tools and working practices without expecting commercial gain – the intent is to function as a non-profit making organisation.
- The policy and governance of the Group will be set by a Steering Group, which will consist of at least 5 permanent members drawn from organisations actively using the ADDM toolset, each with a single vote.
- Steering Group membership will be renewed annually by a nomination and ballot of the active membership. One member will act as a chair for a year, rotating through the voting members of the Steering Group.
- BMC will be an advisory member to the steering group but without a vote.
- The Group accepts participants who are actively involved in Discovery using BMC products.
- Participants need to register and be approved by at least one member of the Steering Group. This membership can include services and consulting organisations but not individuals or direct competitors to BMC.
- It follows that participation in group activities should not be used directly as a basis for commerce and improving market position. So for example demonstrating a new offering to participants is permitted, open canvassing of individuals or recruitment of customers at a meeting is not.
- Access to participant listings should not be used for any other purpose e.g. recruitment canvassing. Individuals or parent organisations that breach this principle will be barred from meetings of the group.
- BMC will have the right to access participant listings for events and if necessary veto attendance if it is obvious it is against their commercial interests.
- Unless explicitly covered by a Non-Disclosure Agreement announcement, the information brought to meetings and shared with members should be free and without constraint for use in those member organisations. Information or practices cannot be resold on for commercial gain without permission from either the Group or the owner whichever applies.
- Sharing a practice or process does not amount to individual member’s organisation endorsing a practice, a vendor or a process unless it is explicit that this is so. Permission must be sought to use any endorsement.