Previous Events

Autum School - The Environmental Context

04/11/2009 - 19:00
04/11/2009 - 21:00

Speaker Zahl Limbuwala

University of the West of England, Room 2B020 (see Venues)

Our autumn school on Environmental Awareness for IT Managers starts with an introduction to the importance of the green IT agenda, emphasising the environmental issues associated with managing IT projects in the context of climate change, carbon management and carbon footprints, energy costs, regulatory requirements, and corporate social responsibility:

Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity, Central and Local Government Context, NCC Report on Green IT, Power Management and Reducing the Carbon Footprint of IT Projects.

Zahl Limbuwala is founder and Chair of the Data Centre Specialist Group, and a regular speaker on carbon footprint issues at events and conferences. Zahl has been in the information technology and telecoms sectors for over 15 years and has held a number of senior operational management posts.

Intellectual Property Management – more than just a database

28/10/2009 - 19:00
28/10/2009 - 21:00

Speaker: Sally Barrow

City of Bristol College, Bristol (see Venues)

At the most basic level an IP management system holds key dates and numbers and makes sure that busy attorneys are reminded about deadlines. But there is much more for a business to exploit.

This talk will give an insight into this specialist area of Legal IT through the example of a system that is being used and developed by an in-house patent team. Find out what IP stands for in the legal world, and the people needed to identify and meet the system requirements of attorneys working for an innovative manufacturer.


29/09/2009 - 19:00
29/09/2009 - 21:00

Speaker: Colin Butcher

Making use of virtualisation

City of Bristol College, Bristol (see Venues) - Room 3C4
This session will provide an overview of virtualisation and the underlying principles that apply when designing and implementing virtualised systems and infrastructures. There are a wide range of issues to be considered. The context within which your business operates will help to determine to what extent and in which areas virtualisation may be applicable. Virtualisation techniques can in many cases provide a useful solution to a wide range of problems, especially when combined with blade server technology.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Virtualisation in practice:
    • Processing
    • Data networking
    • Storage subsystems
  • Performance and scalability
  • Availability and manageability
  • Data centre infrastructure and consolidation



Tales from the front line

21/04/2009 - 19:00
21/04/2009 - 21:00

Speaker: Don Southey

City of Bristol College, Bristol (see Venues)

Don Southey has agreed to entertain and provoke us with a couple of fictional pieces; a curious anecdote from an IT service manager and an international case study from a project manager, from his as-yet-unpublished short story collection.


Spring School - The Future of Agile

23/03/2009 - 18:30
23/03/2009 - 21:00

Speaker Allan Kelly

University of the West of England, Room 2B020 (see Venues)

In this final session Allan will cover Lean Production, Kanban, the role of Product Management and Business Analysis and the future of Agile.

The spring school is now full

Spring School - Development/Engineering Practices Session 2

16/03/2009 - 18:30
16/03/2009 - 21:00

Speaker Giovanni Asproni

University of the West of England, Room 2B020 (see Venues)

Test Driven Development (TDD) is one of the key technical practices of all Agile development processes for producing quality software. In this talk, after a short introduction to Agile testing, Giovanni will describe what TDD is, how it compares with other testing (and design) techniques, and what are its advantages and limitations. Finally, he will give some hints on how to get started with it.

The spring school is now full

Spring School - Development/Engineering Practices Session 1

09/03/2009 - 18:30
09/03/2009 - 21:00

Speaker David Deans

University of the West of England, Room 2B020 (see Venues)

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In this session Dave will outline the evolution of Agile Development Methods (from the Waterfall Model, via RAD and DSDM). He will compare some better known Agile approaches (including DSDM, SCRUM, XP, LSD, FDD, and TDD). He will also discuss Agile Estimation and Planning (focusing on alternative size metrics, and the use of Goldratt's Theory of Constraints to manage risks during Agile development).

The spring school is now full