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Mobile App Development

05/08/2013 - 00:00
09/08/2013 - 17:00

The BCS are collaborating with Bristol University to teach our next generation of engineers how to develop a mobile application in one week. The event is organised by the YRS – see http://youngrewiredstate.org

During the week of August 5th 2012 we will be holding a week of mobile application development. We are looking for:

  • Young Engineers who want to learn how to develop a new mobile phone application from scratch
  • Older engineers who are able to mentor the younger engineers (you will need to agree to a CRB check)

Please keep the week free if you are interested and register your interest.

ISO 29119: The New International Software Testing Standards

21/05/2013 - 19:30
21/05/2013 - 21:00

Venue: University of Bristol , Room 1.06, Merchant Venturers Building

Booking is required.

Dr Stuart ReidSpeaker: Dr Stuart Reid FBCS CITP

In May 2007 ISO formed a working group to develop new standards on software testing – a new area for ISO – these standards will start being published in mid-2013. This initiative is closely-supported by IEEE and BSI, both of which have donated existing standards as source documents to the project (these standards will be retired when the new standards are published).

There are currently six new software testing standards in development:

This presentation describes the content of the standards, their development and the difficulties encountered in creating standards that are applicable to all organizations (from the smallest to the largest) and all types of project (from agile to traditional safety-critical). The challenge of creating new testing standards when quite disparate parts of the industry (e.g. some context-driven testers and parts of the defence industry) oppose the concept is also covered.

ISO 29119 has already been released in draft form for review (and subsequently been updated based on literally thousands of comments) and is already being used within a number of multi-national organizations. These organizations are already seeing the benefits of reusing the well-defined processes and documentation provided by a standard reflecting current industry best practices.

Advances in Human Robot Interaction: The Rise of the Machine?

13/05/2013 - 17:45
13/05/2013 - 20:00

Speaker: Professor Tony Pipe

Bristol Robotics LaboratoryVenue: Bristol Robotics Laboratory,
T Block, University of the West of England
See Venues for directions and maps

Please register for this event here.

This is a Joint event with the IET Bristol Branch

5.45pm - 6.00pm - Arrival / refreshments
6.00pm - 7.00pm - BRL open lab / networking
7.00pm - 7.45pm - Talk by Prof Tony Pipe
7.45pm - 8.00pm - Questions
8.00pm - close

Restoring the world's oldest working digital computer

15/04/2013 - 19:30
15/04/2013 - 21:00

Speaker: Kevin Murrell

Venue: City of Bristol College

Please register for this event here.

7:00pm Refreshments, 7:30pm Main Talk

The recently restored Harwell Dekatron Computer is a typical project conducted by the Computer Conservation Society. Starting with the author's vague memories of the machine being a museum display in the early 1970s, and a chance observation in 2006, the CCS began a project to find the remains of the computer and determine whether it might be restored.

A combination of luck, perseverance and vintage-technology know-how made the project possible, and this 1950s relay and valve computer has now been restored to full working order. It is now on public display and shown working, and is being used again in education with a new generation of programmers.

Kevin Murrell has been a member of the Computer Conservation Society for many years, initially as chair of the DEC working group and now as society secretary. Kevin divides his time between his own business supplying systems to the health service, acting as a trustee to The National Museum of Computing, and in his spare time, still tinkering with his collection of PDP8 mini-computers.

Spring Lecture: Agile Adoptions that Work...and Last

19/03/2013 - 18:30
19/03/2013 - 21:00

Main Speaker: Jose Casal

Venue: City of Bristol College

Booking is required. Please see Main Article for how to book.

Scrum is the most successful Agile method in the market. Conceptually, it is extremely simple to understand and its official guide is only 16 pages long. So, why is it that many companies fail to successfully implement and sustain their Agile adoptions?

In this presentation, Jose will cover many reasons why companies find that their Agile is, effectively, Fragile and suggest a number of tips and suggestions that will help run successful Agile adoptions that will be sustainable and withstand the challenges companies face in their journey to Agility.

Case Study: Scrum Is Only a Beginning
In this session Giovanni will talk about his real world experiences of helping teams with their agile efforts, and will highlight what worked, what din't, and what you should do to ensure the success of your Agile implementation.

Sizing the Market

13/03/2013 - 18:00
13/03/2013 - 19:45

Venue: Watershed, 1 Canon's Road, Harbourside, BS1 5TX Bristol

Speakers: Greville Commins & Matt Hatch

BEN, The Watershed, South West Founders, IET & BCS

Booking is required

Do you have any customers out there?

"Entrepreneurs often spend far too long perfecting their product and not enough time testing it with the market" – so says James Caan. He believes that instead of only spending 10% of the development time talking to customers, it should be more like 50%. By speaking to the market, businesses could solve problems sooner, assess whether the product will actually sell in quantity and maximise the profit potential. This will enhance their chance of raising finance, and being successful when they do launch.

This networking event aims to explore the journey faced by innovative businesses when identifying the optimum market segment for new products or services.

Our speakers will look at how to measure the size, and assess the growth potential,of your chosen market, even when your product/service is unique. So, when you next pitch your idea, you will be able to answer the questions – "How many potential customers are out there? What evidence have I got to support this? How can I find this information?"

Spring Lecture: An Agile Evolution

12/03/2013 - 18:30
12/03/2013 - 21:00

Main Speaker: Adam Knight

Venue: City of Bristol College

Booking is required. Please see Main Article for how to book.

My colleagues and I have spent the last six years developing a data storage and analysis system using an agile approach. With a very small development team and limited budget we have successfully delivered software running at massive scale to blue chip organisations.

In this talk I will examine some of the techniques that we have adopted in that time to help us to maintain a focus on quality in the face of daunting requirements and demanding customers. I will highlight how the key benefits of agile are obtained not through the application of a template set of pre-defined techniques. Instead it is in the ability to use fast feedback cycles to evolve and refine a process over time that best supports your product and market that the true benefits of an agile approach are seen.

Raising the importance of quality and the status of testing both within the development team and the organisation as a whole allows the challenges facing the team to be recognised and respected. I'll examine how adopting the principles of an acceptance test driven approach can help the whole team to gain consensus on acceptance criteria and help the testers in particular to flush out assumptions, identify risks and target the qualities that are most valuable to the customer.

I'll discuss how use of test automation can underpin the testing efforts in an agile approach. I'll look at and how adopting an approach of automation as a continuous development activity allows us to adapt to the many changes in product and market that can arise, such as our growth into multi-server operations and cloud based execution. I'll also highlight some of the dangers of relying on automation too heavily and the need for the respective conscious assessment when extending into new product scenarios.

Spring Lecture: Seven Tips for a Better Scrum

05/03/2013 - 18:30
05/03/2013 - 21:00

Main Speaker: Nigel Baker

Venue: @Bristol Science Learning Rooms 1 & 2

Booking is required. Please see Main Article for how to book.

Many people Scrum badly. Here are 7 tips to better Scrumming. P.S. It doesn't matter if you have never used Scrum before!

Tip 1: Agile != Scrum AND Scrum != Agile: The Agile Umbrella
Introduction To Scrum
Tip 2: Scrum Does Not Tell You How To Make Apple Pie: Meta Frameworks
Tip 3: Cruise Missiles Over Cannonballs: Empiricism VS Prediction:
Tip 4: Kumbaya: Soft Skills Are Hard.
Tip 5: Apple Pie: Engineering Practices
Tip 6: Inside The Tent.... : Integrating The Business
Tip 7: READY, Steady, DONE!

Case Study: Introducing agile, an old dog does learn new tricks
Speaker: Con Bradley

This talk will describe some of the experiences and lessons learned in introducing Agile processes to an existing, established software team. An unusual challenge was managing a team split between the UK and US but working on the same project.

Case Study: Back to the start (up) at Brightside Group plc
Speaker: Gary Shepherd

How Brightside Group plc, a company that has experienced a 9th consecutive year of growth, has used Scrum to reclaim its 'start up' ethos and return to giving the business what it wants (when it wants it).

Spring Lecture: Agile Lean and Kanban

26/02/2013 - 18:30
26/02/2013 - 21:00

Main Speaker: Pete Measey

Venue: City of Bristol College

Booking is required. Please see Main Article for how to book.

This thought provoking presentation will discuss the latest frameworks and techniques to deliver better products faster and cheaper. Peter will focus on the usage of these frameworks with an Information Technology focus, however the messages are as applicable to any environment. Specific areas to be covered are:

Case Study: Alan Kelly of Software Strategy

Case Study: Derek Davidson

Peter Measey has managed and contributed to the implementation of some of the largest Agile project and delivery management transformations in the UK and worldwide: British Airways, BT, Fidelity Investments, HMCE, NHS, Nokia and Rolls Royce.

Peter’s a DSDM Board Director, Certified DSDM Trainer, Certified Scrum Master, Practitioner and Trainer, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner and Prince2 Practitioner. And inbetween consultation and implementation duties, Peter trains and coaches teams in the UK, USA, India, China and across Europe.

Allan Kelly is London based and works for Software Strategy where he provides training and consulting in Agile practices. He specialises in working with software product companies, aligning company strategy with products and processes. In addition to numerous journal articles and conference presentations he is the author of "Business Patterns for Software Developers" (2012) and "Changing Software Development: Learning to become Agile" (2008). He is also the originator of Retrospective Dialogue Sheets. There is More about Allan at
This site and on Twitter as @allankellynet

Derek Davidson is a Scrum Trainer, Agile Coach and ScrumMaster certified by both the Scrum Alliance and Scrum.org. Derek has just started the Devon and Cornwall Scrum User Group (new members always welcome). Drawing on many years as a software developer, Derek is presently working on new training material to teach software development techniques that work well with Scrum such as Unit Testing, TDD, BDD, Automated Regression Testing, Version Control, Continuous Integration, Design Patterns and Pair Programming.

Keep Calm and use TMMi

06/02/2013 - 19:30
06/02/2013 - 21:00

Test Maturity Model Integration

Speaker: Clive Bates

Venue: City of Bristol College

Please register for this event here.

7:00pm Refreshments, 7:30pm Main Talk

Clive BatesExperimentus has been a significant supporter of the TMMi Foundation since it first started. Over the last 8 years we have run well over 150 TMMi assessments and in the last 12 months have certified 4 major organisations to either TMMi level 2 or 3 and a further 2 organisations at level 4 – in addition, we are currently working with 2 organisations assisting them in being certified to the top level of TMMi, level 5.

Certifications are only part of the story and they can certainly help organisations validate their practices. The bigger aspect though is that IT service providers are very clear they want practical and pragmatic help in identifying improvements to their processes that will mean they are more effective and efficient in their testing. Preventing defects not just detecting them.

Over the last few years Clive has been fully involved with running many TMMi assessments and has seen the benefits that organisations have subsequently enjoyed.

There are a number of key factors that contribute to organisations improving their processes and so in this presentation, Clive will explore the following points:

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