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Achieving successful IT enabled business change

11/01/2012 - 19:00
11/01/2012 - 21:00

Speaker: Professor M.J. Norton

Venue: City of Bristol College

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

Jim Norton’s presentation will address the continuing challenge of achieving successful and sustainable business transformation facilitated by new IT systems. It is based very firmly on the view that in both private and public sectors “there is no such thing as an IT project – only business change projects enabled by new IT systems”.

It will analyse both successful and unsuccessful projects and will highlight a series of key ground rules for successful business change. The presentation contains recommendations both for the business elements of the change programme and for the IT elements.

In particular it calls for holistic budgeting of the change programme, sharing research carried out by the Institute of Directors on private sector best practice, which indicates that typically 80% of the budget needs to go on the ‘people and process’ elements of the change and only 20% on the associated IT systems. It also identifies the need for an entire programme of work to develop stronger software engineering methods that are soundly based on computer science and mathematically rigorous.

Branch Xmas Event - Future Technology - a younger perspective

12/12/2011 - 18:00
12/12/2011 - 21:00

Speaker: Ian Hughes

Venue: @ Bristol

6:00pm Refreshments and @Bristol, 7:00pm Main Talk

The event is now full

If you think that playing games, understanding gadgets and keeping up with science and technology is great fun then you are coming to the right talk. If you don't then you need to come anyway and find out what you are missing!. If your parents ever say "stop playing video games" you can tell them that you are getting ready to the future. Ian plays a lot of games, works with a lot of gadgets and used to sit in an old fashioned office. You don't have to do that though as he can show you. Now he presents on the The Cool Stuff Collective TV show, invents new things, works with game developers, runs his own company and travels the world showing people the future. Everyday there is something new and interesting to learn about and if you know games and gadgets just a little bit you can not only have an awesome time but also change the world. Come and find out why.

Ian Hughes a.k.a epredator when online, is a Metaverse Evangelist and founder of Feeding Edge Ltd - Taking a bite out of technology so you don't have to. In 2006, whilst at IBM, he led thousands of colleagues into virtual worlds like Second Life with projects like Wimbledon. He has shown that leadership can be driven by the digital native and innovators can gather together regardless of geography or organization. Using creative expression online leads him to no longer be the programmer he grew up as. He presents an emerging technology slot on the ITV kids show The Cool Stuff Collective, third series to air late 2011. Ian is the chair of the BCS Animation and Games industry Group. If you discover anything else about Ian feel free to update him on wikipedia

Using Business Stories to Test Requirements and Systems

05/12/2011 - 19:00
05/12/2011 - 21:00

Speaker: Paul Gerard

Venue: City of Bristol College

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

In conjunction with the Software Testing Club.

The use of stories to communicate dates back 30,000 years to the time when cave paintings recorded daily experience of people living as hunter-gatherers. If a software team uses a whiteboard to capture and talk about user stories to scope the next phase of development, they are drawing on an instinctive need to use examples, to criticise, discuss and refine them to arrive at a shared understanding. Stories worked for cavemen, they work for agile teams, and they’ll work for you too because they are universal.

Stories derived from written requirements can be used to walk-through business scenarios and when users see the proposed system ‘in action', requirements anomalies stand out and trigger informed discussions of situations, variations and outcomes. A disciplined approach to story-writing and requirements testing can improve requirements and the target solution dramatically. ‘Business Stories’ can be shared as examples for developers to see what was intended to help their understanding, and of course, they also provide the basis for later acceptance tests.

Up-front requirements testing doesn't require extra effort - much of this analysis work would be done during acceptance test preparation anyway. This approach provides a step-up with business impact analysis, regression testing, and even test automation.

Mobile Application Security and Privacy: State of the Disunion

23/11/2011 - 19:00
23/11/2011 - 21:00

Speaker: Graham Lee

Venue: City of Bristol College

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

The new smartphone application platforms launched toward the end of the last decade brought new problems, but also a chance to break out of the backwards compatibility shackles imposed on desktop operating systems.

In fact existing issues were only partially addressed and failures-both ancient and modern-still remain. In this talk Graham Lee will summarise how the security and privacy landscape changed with the rapid adoption of smartphone apps, and what changes are still to come.

Graham Lee is the resident smartphone security boffin at Fuzzy Aliens Limited, an application security company based in Oxford. When he isn't making the app stores a safer place for everyone, he talks and writes for developers about mobile security issues. He is also a volunteer at the Museum of Computing.

The ‘new’ CIO: breaking the traditional mindset of the IT function

26/10/2011 - 19:00
26/10/2011 - 21:00

AGM and Branch meeting

Speaker: Neil Farmer

Venue: City of Bristol College

7:00pm AGM 7:15pm Refreshments 7:30pm Main Talk

Without getting ‘buy in’ to changes from relatively few key individuals (<5%) across an organisation, most people-intensive change initiatives are doomed to failure.

Traditional top-down change programmes have consistently focused on the change messages (WHAT we want to achieve and HOW we go about achieving it) targeted at broad stakeholder groups.

To avoid high levels of failure, however, we need a much clearer focus on “WHO are the key individuals whose support we really need?” Find the key influencer's and natural leaders, let them guide you in all the people aspects of change, and become much, much more effective.

Based on extensive practical experience of five major change programmes, this summary of three articles that Neil wrote in 2010 for Angelica Mari in Computer Weekly just might change the way you approach the role of CIO in future.

Effective Specifications & Tests for Agile Projects (Software Testing Series)

19/09/2011 - 19:00
19/09/2011 - 21:00

Speaker: Gojko Adzic

Venue: City of Bristol College

Fast turnaround in agile projects requires the specifications and testing processes to fit into to short iterations, which is a challenge for many teams when they start out with agile development. As a result, analysts and testers are often confused about how to engage in a weekly delivery process and developers don't have enough information to deliver the right product without wasteful rework. In this presentation, Gojko Adzic talks about set of process patterns that facilitate change in software products to ensure that the right product is delivered efficiently with short iterations. He presents how to organise requirements, specifications and tests effectively to support an agile development process.

Gojko Adzic is a strategic consultant who helps ambitious teams, from investment banks to web portals, to improve the quality of their software products and processes. Get in touch on http://gojko.net or @gojkoadzic

Cloud Computing in Biomedicine and Healthcare -- Prospects and Concerns

27/06/2011 - 18:30
27/06/2011 - 20:30

Venue: Glendinning Lecture Theatre (room 2D67) UWE Frenchay Campus
Poster: Please help promote this event by displaying the poster on your company noticeboard

In association with the University of the West of England, we are please to bring you a special evening series of lectures as part of the Healthgrid 2011 conference.

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This discussion meeting will be followed by a reception. In order to arrange catering, we need to know numbers. BCS Bristol members please indicate your intention to attend by emailing cbms2011@uwe.ac.uk with the subject line BCS Event and giving your name. Thanks.

The Antikythera Mechanism Decoded

09/05/2011 - 19:00
09/05/2011 - 21:00

This is joint event brought to you by the IET and BCS Bristol branches.

Venue: Lecture theater 1.11 Merchant Venturers’ Building, University of Bristol, Woodland Road, Bristol, BS8 1UB Map

Please help promote this event by putting this Poster on your notice board.

What may well be the most extraordinary surviving artefact from the ancient Greek world was discovered just over a century ago. Found in 1900 in a wreck off the coast of the Mediterranean island of Antikythera, the device contains over thirty gear wheels and dates from around 100 B.C. Now known as the Antikythera Mechanism, it is an order of magnitude more complicated than any surviving mechanism from the following millennium, and there is no surviving precursor. It is clear from its structure and inscriptions that it is an astronomical calculator, although its exact purpose is still shrouded in mystery. Over the past few years an international research program has involved scientists from Greece, the UK and HP labs in Paolo Alto, California. The use of cutting-edge technology has revealed a great deal more about the structure, function and inscriptions of the Mechanism. This illustrated review will describe the modern research methods we have used, and the profound implications of the results for the development of ancient Greek astronomy, philosophy and technology.

The Rise of Silicon Gorge

06/04/2011 - 19:00
06/04/2011 - 21:00

Speaker: Nick Flaherty, editor of SiliconSouthWest

City of Bristol College, Bristol (see Venues)

The South West, and Bristol and Bath in particular, is home to the largest group of silicon designers in Europe, creating a 'silicon gorge'. Nick Flaherty, editor of SiliconSouthWest, looks at the history and background of silicon design in the region and the influence that has on the region today. He looks at the current state of silicon design and other activities in the region, from established companies and design centres to successful new ventures such as Icera Semiconductor, picoChip, Nanotech Semiconductor, Phyworks and XMOS Semiconductor, and new startups, as well as the different markets that are being addressed

Marketing and selling your application

28/03/2011 - 19:00
28/03/2011 - 21:00

This part of the series of talks on Mobile Applications Development. Booking and payment is essential. For booking details please see the main article.

Speakers: Ian Pond The Fireplug and Rick Chapman, Park View Consultants

City of Bristol College, Bristol (see Venues)

Apps Marketing on a shoe string! (Ian Pond)

Without the vast marketing budgets of network operators, the reality for most app companies is creating maximum bang for minimal bucks. This is made all the more difficult by the almost endless choice of apps the consumer has to choose from. How can practitioners make progress under these challenging conditions?

Show me the money! (Rick Chapman)

Creating an app is often the easy part. Monetizing it is a significant challenge. With an increasing numbers of apps on a plethora of platforms and an expanding range of stores, how can you create a revenue stream from your app? We've all heard the stories of people becoming overnight millionaires with a simple idea, but what are the alternate strategies to trusting to blind luck and pushing an app out there?

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