Previous Events

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.

Speakers/Panellists

  • Ian Herbert, Vice-Chair, BCS Health
  • Dr Nick Papanicolaou, HP Labs
  • Professor Luciano Floridi, Herts/Oxford
  • Dr Hanene Rahmouni, UWE

Chaired by

  • Dr Peter Murphy, Bristol Children's Hospital and UK Faculty of Health Informatics

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?

Distinguishing your mobile application

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

Speaker: Alasdair Allan

City of Bristol College, Bristol (see Venues)

Continuing on from the development session but you will learn more about the types of features that you may want to use to distinguish your application e.g. GPS, actuator, compass, building an attractive GUI, etc.

First Alasdair Allan will guide you through developing applications for the iPhone that make use of the on-board sensors: the three-axis accelerometer, the magnetometer (digital compass), the camera and the global positioning system. You’ll learn how to make use of these on-board sensors and combine them to build augmented reality applications. This will give you the background to building your own applications independently using the hottest location-aware technology yet for any mobile platforms.

Then Tom Melamed shows us a world full of HD, 3D and stereo in a way that no app will ever be. But with the correct use of context you can weave the real world and your app together to create a rich and fully immersive experience that goes far beyond pushing some buttons on a screen. This talk will provide an introduction to creating those kind of apps, with examples.

Mobile Application Development

14/03/2011 - 19:00
14/03/2011 - 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.

Speaker: Stuart Scott and Kieran Gutteridge, intohand.com

City of Bristol College, Bristol (see Venues)

Everything you need to know about developing an app: operating systems, development languages, SDK's etc. And how to test your application.

Android + iPhone application development
So you have an app idea, how are you going to take this idea and actually get a working application on a handset. Which platform should you develop for? what are some of the highlights and lowlights that you will encounter with the different SDKS, is native application development necessarily the right way to go?

Stuart Scott CEO of Intohand, providers of tools to publish to the small screen and makers of apps for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Java Mobile, Web