Previous Events

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Spring School - An Introduction to Agile Development

02/03/2009 - 18:30
02/03/2009 - 21:00

Speaker David Hicks

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

In this introductory session David will describe the rationale for Agile, the benefits, the similarities and differences, strengths and weaknesses of the different leading Agile approaches.

The spring school is now full

An Adventure in Technology

28/02/2009 - 10:30
28/02/2009 - 17:00

At the Trinity Arts Centre in Bristol

"An Adventure in Technology" will be a festival of free creativity for people from all technical spheres. We are hoping that visitors, both individuals and companies, will bring something of their own to show others, to play with, or turn up with nothing and create something on the day. Above all, we want people to just come along to enjoy the adventure.

Getting the best out of your PMO

25/02/2009 - 19:00
25/02/2009 - 21:00

Chris Churchouse BA MBA CEng MBCS FCMI CITP

The Hawthorns, Woodland Road, Clifton, Bristol

Portfolio, programme and project offices, the new guidance.
Getting the best out of your project office. Is the new P3O the answer? Hot-off-the-press practical guidance from OGC.

What has been lacking until now in the world of programmes and projects, is practical guidance for those who work in programme and project support. There has been plenty of guidance from the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) on managing projects, programmes and risks such as PRINCE2.

Until now though, there has only been a reliance on the BCS's ISEB qualifications in programme and project support office. OGC has recognised the need for guidance in this area and has been working over the past two years to scope and then develop a suitable product and this is now launched as of October 2008.

The product is P3O - which stands for portfolio, programme and project offices. Note the deliberate omission of the word 'support' as many such offices do more than simply support and many conduct governance activities.

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The NHS National Programme for Information Technology: A Sociotechnical Perspective

04/12/2008 - 18:30
04/12/2008 - 21:00

Professor Emeritus Ken Eason, Bayswater Institute / Loughborough University

The University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus (see Venues)

Places limited booking required – Please email David Martyn

In coordination with the BCS Sociotechnical Group

Launched in 2002 the NHS National Programme for Information Technology is a very large 10-year programme to create electronic patient records that can be shared across all the NHS Trusts in England. It is funded to deliver interoperable technical systems but has as its fundamental objective the development of healthcare practices based on electronic records.

This implies major changes to the work practices of nearly a million NHS staff and means that the Programme is an attempt at very large-scale sociotechnical systems change. This presentation will review the progress of the programme from a sociotechnical systems perspective after 6 years and examine whether and how changes in working practice are being accomplished.

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Extending Collaboration with Social Software

07/11/2008 - 18:30
07/11/2008 - 21:00

Paula Dantas, Senior IT Specialist for Lotus at IBM UK Ltd

The University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus

Places limited booking required – Please email David Martyn

In coordination with the BCS Sociotechnical Group

The days when "Collaboration" meant "E-Mail" are well and truly over. Not only is real time collaboration becoming an accepted part of office life, but it is being extended to deliver Unified Communications and Collaboration.

However this is just the start.

Web Development

29/10/2008 - 19:00
29/10/2008 - 21:00

The Hawthorns, Woodland Road, Clifton, Bristol

By Richard and David Graves.

The presentation will focus on how Web Development can be carried forward in such a way that the resulting Web sites are effective as marketing tools during the challenging times that lie ahead.

At first there will be a brief summary of how Web sites have evolved in recent years. Then the spotlight will be on the current state of play, focussing on two important areas of Web site development:

  • Ensuring that when the Web site is found, it does an effective marketing job – looking in particular at design, structure, content and navigation
  • How to make sure the Web site is found on the first page of Google – looking both at search engine optimisation, building a site in such a way that it can easily be indexed and understood by the search engines; and search engine promotion, which is the process of promoting a Web site online to increase its visibility.

A Re-conceptualisation of the Interpretive Flexibility of Information Technologies

23/10/2008 - 18:30
23/10/2008 - 21:00

Redressing the balance between the Social and the Technical

Professor Neil Doherty, Loughborough University

The University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus

Places limited booking required – Please email David Martyn

In coordination with the BCS Sociotechnical Group

Interpretive flexibility – the capacity of a specific technology to sustain divergent opinions – has long been recognised as playing an important role in explaining how technical artefacts are socially constructed.

What is less clear is how a system’s technical characteristics might limit its ability to be interpreted flexibly. This gap in the literature has largely arisen because recent contributions to this debate have tended to be rather one-sided, focussing almost solely upon the role of the human agent in shaping the technical artefact, and in so doing either downplaying or ignoring the artefact’s shaping potential.