Recently I was asked to provide a short history of a local Quality Assurance organization.

Starting with the previous organization, I went through the 25-year history in about 5 minutes. The one major overriding change in those 25 years was the advent of the internet that created a vast information trove that is free to all. Prior to that, people were isolated within their organizations with limited contact with people with the same interests in other organizations. Solutions to problems were generally home-grown.

Having provided that very brief synopsis we were left with three questions about the purpose of the organization:

  1. Are we an organization dedicated to networking?
  2. Are we an education organization?
  3. Are we a social organization?

Unfortunately we do not have enough of the history documented to determine what has been the best use of the time. Clearly my synopsis was based on what I remembered and I was not always in attendance at all the meetings or always on the board. So the question is still open.

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