Previous Events

Digi Makers

29/11/2014 - 10:00
29/11/2014 - 16:30

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

The BCS is collaborating with @Bristol and the University of Bristol to bring you the Digi Makers
 

Safety Critical Software Development & Agile Project Tracking

24/11/2014 - 18:30
24/11/2014 - 21:00

Venue: University of Bristol lecture theatre 1.11 in the Merchant Venturers Building

Speaker: Julian Goddard & Ric Hill

6:30pm Refreshments
7:00pm Main Talk

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Use of agile software development in the safety-critical domain.

Julian GoddardThe use of agile development techniques for software development have been growing for a number of years and, with its adoption by the public sector more recently, it can be regarded as mainstream. But there is an application domain it hasn't penetrated completely - the safety-related domain. Once the province of avionics, rail and nuclear, safety-related software is now commonplace in automotive, medical and industrial applications and, with the arrival of the IOT and growth in autonomous systems that can have safety implications, more and more software is safety-related. Can agile be used to develop it though?

Safety-related software development is governed by safety standards and certification, objectives to meet and outputs to produce. The standards don't mandate using the traditional V-model but it is the lifecycle model that 'fits' and tends to be used. When software can kill or injure, engineers are conservative and don't take risks.

Agile has brought a number of benefits to other application domains so why not the safety-related domain? Julian Goddard will be exploring whether agile techniques can be used to develop safety-related software. He'll be looking at how compatible agile is with the safety standards, and if, how and why agile could be used without compromising safety.

Agile Project Tracking

Ric HillMany software projects either under-deliver, overrun or suffer spiralling costs. Agile purports to offer a solution to that, but it’s not necessarily a silver bullet and Agile development projects are still liable to result in disappointed stakeholders.

In this talk we explore the unique concerns about tracking progress on Agile projects, and how best to work out how far through you really are.

We will also look at some of the ways in which we can leverage technology to aid the tracking process, including options for if your team is distributed over multiple locations.

Agile Beyond Software

10/11/2014 - 18:30
10/11/2014 - 21:00

Venue: University of Bristol lecture theatre 1.11 in the Merchant Venturers Building

Speaker: Allan Kelly

6:30pm Refreshments
7:00pm Main Talk

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Agile outside software?

Allan KellyAgile is most closely associated with software development, Agile software development to be precise. That's enough to put people off right there and then. But for those who listen long enough invariably ask the big question: "Does Agile work outside of software?"

In fact the "Does Agile work outside of software?" question is getting asked more and more often. Perhaps because, whether we develop software or not, software seems to be a bigger and bigger part of our lives.

In this presentation Allan Kelly will attempt to answer in this question. He will look at what Agile is, where it came from, where else we can find things like Agile, what examples we have of Agile outside of software and examine what lessons Agile gives for knowledge workers in general.

Applying lean to ITSM Leadership

20/10/2014 - 18:30
20/10/2014 - 20:30

Speaker: Daniel Breston

Venue: University of Bristol , Room 1.11, Merchant Venturers Building

6:30pm Refreshments
7:00pm Main Talk

Please register for this event here. This event is free to members and non.members.

Applying lean to ITSM Leadership

Daniel BrestonLast time we discussed what was lean and if you missed we will have a brief review. But now that you appreciate lean, how can you use it as a leader? How can you become a lean leader in IT? What is the impact of lean as a leadership methodology on IT Service, customer satisfaction, time to market, and employee? Come and have a listen and let’s discuss.

Digi Makers

04/10/2014 - 10:30
04/10/2014 - 16:30

Please register for this Event via Eventbright

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

Raspberry PiThe BCS is collaborating with @Bristol and the University of Bristol to bring you the Digi Makers

DigiMakers is a series of community technology events for children aged between 7-17. These events aim to inspire the next generation of technical innovators and engineers by providing an introduction to 'making' in the digital word. From programming software to hacking hardware, we want to show you more ways to have fun with technology.

To find out more and to sign-up via Eventbright

Branch AGM and Building resilient infrastructure with CouchDB

17/09/2014 - 19:00
17/09/2014 - 21:00

Speaker: Tim Perry

Venue: University of Bristol , Room 1.11, Merchant Venturers Building

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

Please register for this event here. This event is free to members and non.members.

AGM

Please join us for the short AGM, we will present the officer reports on the running of the branch, and elect officers for the coming year. We always need more help, if you can spare a little time please come forward to help in running of the branch.
Here are the Chairmans Report and the Tersurers Report.

Building resilient infrastructure with CouchDB

CouchDB is one of the more niche NoSQL options that are flying around at the moment, but that doesn't mean it doesn't pack a punch when used to solve the right problems.

In this talk we'll look at the areas where CouchDB excels, and examine some of the mechanisms it uses to make this possible. We'll first take a quick walk through a real deployment of a CouchDB network, backing a large multi-site private-cloud web service with millions of users. We’ll then take a look at the other end of the spectrum and see how CouchDB can be used to build resilient mobile web applications, and look at some of the benefits (and problems) CouchDB brings to these scenarios, and others.

Putting multi-core systems to use

12/05/2014 - 19:00
12/05/2014 - 21:00

Speaker: Colin Butcher CEng, FBCS, CITP

Venue: University of Bristol , Room 1.11, Merchant Venturers Building

Please register for this event here. This event is free to members and non.members.

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

The design and implementation of machines based on multi-core microprocessors is one of the industry's darker arts. Over the past 10 years or so the industry has shifted from ever higher clock rate microprocessors with relatively low core counts to ever higher core counts with, in many cases, lower clock rates. This has significant implications for building machines and being able to exploit them successfully from a software perspective. For example, there have been several instances where old high clock rate low core count machines have been "upgraded" to new high core count low clock rate machines and the newer machines have failed to perform as well as the old ones they have replaced.

The hardest part is being able to exploit the inherent parallelism of multi-core microprocessors, which in hardware and firmware terms extends out beyond the CPU into the memory subsystem and IO subsystem. Operating systems and compilers are key to making a high core count systems work well, provided that the workload can be broken down into a number of parallel streams of execution capable of being distributed across the available cores, memory controllers and IO adapters.

Virtualisation is one example of how parallelism can be achieved, however it brings with it a number of limitations, especially with regard to IO latency.

This seminar will cover some of the major issues involved in putting multi-core systems to use. Come along and join in the discussion.

Shifting Left - A More Intelligent Direction

28/04/2014 - 19:00
28/04/2014 - 21:00

Speaker: Jim Thomas Director of Software Testing, TVS

Venue: University of Bristol, Room 1.11, Merchant Venturers Building

Please register foir this event here. This event is free to members and non members.

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

The term Shift Left was being applied to software testing as far back as 2001 although it has received more attention recently with a number of major IT services organisations embracing the concept and referring to it as innovative and progressive. But how new is it? The principles have been around a long time in high integrity software development although they are only now becoming more widely adopted.

Essentially Shift Left promotes integrating independent testing in its widest sense into development activities rather than testing being on the Right, following development. The focus is on building quality in rather than attempting to test it in post-development. It is about testing more intelligently, and it sounds attractive but is it cost effective and how easy is it to adopt?

In this presentation Jim will cover what Shift Left is, its potential benefits, and his experience of the challenges that organisations face when adopting it.

Spring School: Maturity in IT Service Management

24/03/2014 - 18:30

Venue: University of Bristol lecture theatre 1.11 in the Merchant Venturers Building

Speakers: Daniel Breston and John McDermott

This is the last talk in the ITIL Spring school. See the main article for the complete school program. Booking and payment is required.

Using the philosophy of Lean with the practical aspects of IT Service management to drive sustainable change.

Lean IT is derived from the Toyota Production System methodology and has been successfully applied in many industries across the world. This session is my experience of using ITIL coupled with lean to focus IT Service and Operations back on the customer and work with the rest of It in a collaborative manner with provable value-oriented results. We will explore what lean is, share some of my experiences, review some of the pitfalls, and if there is time, work through and example of applying lean using a problem from the audience.

'The King of SIAM' (Service Integration And Management)
Using Value Chains to more effectively deliver services in the age of the cloud.

With the onset of Cloud and Utility computing the next chapter in service management will focus not on PaaS, IaaS, AaaS and SaaS per se, but on our ability to integrate and manage these services.

Organisations and businesses want the capability, speed and affordability of IT services sourced from a selection of providers
Business outcomes and value will only be realised successfully if we are able to properly integrate these services into cohesive, desired business deliverables

This presentation considers priorities to ensure you are in a position to reap all the benefits of moving to (for example) a utility email service

Digi Makers

22/03/2014 - 10:30
22/03/2014 - 16:30

Please register for this Event via Eventbright

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

Raspberry PiThe BCS is collaborating with @Bristol and the University of Bristol to bring you the Digi Makers

DigiMakers is a series of community technology events for children aged between 7-17. These events aim to inspire the next generation of technical innovators and engineers by providing an introduction to 'making' in the digital word. From programming software to hacking hardware, we want to show you more ways to have fun with technology.

At our next event you will find ten exciting hands-on-workshops. We have a drop-in centre for people having problems with their Raspberry Pi, and a show-and-tell section where experts will tell you about their projects.

To find out more and to sign-up via Eventbright

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