Previous Events

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:

  • What is an ‘Agile’ Project and ‘Agile Release Train’
  • What are ‘Lean’ and ‘Kanban’
  • How do Agile, Lean and Kanban deliver better products, faster and cheaper
  • How to manage key risks
  • How to ensure a Lean, Agile organisation across large complex distributed organisations (Enterprise Agile)
  • Transforming to a Lean and Agile world whilst ensuring business continuity

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 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:

  • Why improve what we do?
  • An overview of the TMMi model
  • How assessments work
  • The current state of the nation

Business Change for Project Managers

29/01/2013 - 19:00
29/01/2013 - 21:00

A joint event from BCS Bristol and BCS PROMS-G

Venue: City of Bristol College

Speaker: Adam Humphrey

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

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An element of business or organisational change is often essential for projects to be a success. Yet established project management methods provide little support in this process and can point managers in the wrong direction.

This presentation examines how to integrate project management principles with essential components of business change. Drawing on practical experience, it examines common pitfalls in project delivery and presents a simple step-by-step framework for approaching business change. A toolkit of key change management concepts and techniques of provided.

Quality Management and TickIT

15/01/2013 - 19:00
15/01/2013 - 21:00

Speaker: Graham Gee

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

Room 0.5 East Building, University of Bath

TickITplus provides a detailed but pragmatic set of business–oriented requirements for companies already holding or seeking certification to international standards. The scheme currently covers ISO 9001:2008 (for Quality Management) and ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011 (Service Management), but will shortly expand to include ISO/IEC 27001:2005 (Information Security Management). Having the certification demonstrates an organisation's commitment to quality, process improvement and its ability to deliver.

TickITplus has replaced TickIT, which was introduced in the early 1990s, and is required by many organisations when procuring software, including the Ministry of Defence. All TickIT–certified companies will need to migrate to TickITplus by December 2014 or lose their TickIT registration.

The key enhancement offered by TickITplus over TickIT is that it adds a capability/maturity dimension, meaning that rather than being a simple ‘tick in a box’, it offers five levels of capability that organisations can adopt as a business performance improvement framework. This makes TickITplus a comparable alternative to the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMi).

BCS Bristol Raspberry Pi Xmas event at @Bristol

06/12/2012 - 18:00
06/12/2012 - 21:00

BCS Bristols Xmas event at @Bristol

Please register for this Event via Eventbright

This event is aimed at children, though adults are welcome as well.

Raspberry PiCome along to hear Rob Bishop from the Raspberry Pi Foundation talk about the joy of making using the Raspberry Pi. Rob will discuss how he got involved in the project as an intern at Broadcom and why a career in engineering or computer science is awesome. There will also be a chance to get hands-on with a Raspberry Pi and to ask him any technical or non-technical questions you might have about engineering, computer science and the Raspberry Pi.

The talk will be followed by an opportunity for a technical Q&A alongside some demonstrations of how the Raspberry Pi can be used.
Infineon We would like to thank Infineon for their sponsorship of this event.