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NOTIFICATION OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – Bristol BRANCH

06/11/2012 - 19:00
06/11/2012 - 19:10

I have pleasure in inviting you to the Annual General Meeting of the Bristol Branch of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, which will be held on 6th Nov 2012 from 7 p.m. at the City of Bristol College, St George's Road, Bristol (near College Green), followed by ‘Let’s Go Gaming’ talk.

I would be grateful if you could make every effort to attend this important event in our calendar. The agenda will be as follows.

AGENDA
1. Apologies for Absence
2. Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 26th Oct 2011
3. Chair’s Report
4. Treasurer’s Report
5. Election of Committee
6. Any Other Business – including presentation of special volunteer awards.

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

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Stakeholder Management, is it the key to successful project delivery?

08/10/2012 - 19:00
08/10/2012 - 21:00

Speaker: John Wisker

Venue: City of Bristol College

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

John Wisker is an MBA, MSP and PRINCE2 qualified professional. His start in IT was a baptism of fire, when with little IT knowledge he worked with a proscriptive vendor to implement the first computerised Point of Sale system in the photographic industry.

He rapidly acquired more IT expertise, and continued developing in a number of technical roles, progressing into IT project management. He managed several large complex outsourcing contracts and projects, before joining the NHS in 2008 to project manage effective delivery of informatics in a health care setting.

John passionately believes in the NHS, and that a step change in the way the health service exploits IT is a vital part of ensuring a sustainable health service for the future.

Because the Autumn school has been cancelled this is now a regular free branch meeting.

Experiences of Testing in an Agile Environment

20/09/2012 - 19:00
20/09/2012 - 21:00

Speakers: Sean Robbins, Brindusa Gabur, Adam Knight

Venue: City of Bristol College

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

4 speakers give their experiences of software testing developed in an agile development environment. Followed by a panel session for more detailed questioning of the 4 speakers. Plus the chance to discuss and network over free refreshments.

Brindusa Gabur is a passionate and energetic agile practitioner, who helps ambitious companies across Europe to boost the quality of their product and processes.

Her software development journey started in 2006, whilst studying Computer Science in Bucharest. Since then she has lived, worked in and led agile teams across Romania, Greece, Germany, Spain and the UK. She is currently working as a Agile Consultant for TCL, where she continues to support companies agile adoption.

Sean Robbins Quality Analyst at Brightpearl

Adam Knight is currently Director of QA and Support at UK Big Data storage vendor RainStor. He has been successfully working in an agile organisation for 6 years and his work at RainStor was used as a case study for successful agile acceptance testing and automation in Gojko Adzic's 2011 book "Specification by Example". As a passionate tester and member of the UK testing community Adam maintains an active blog at www.a-sisyphean-task.com and has spoken at various testing events including UKTMF and STC Meetups, TestBash and EUROstar.

Technology Strategy Board event

12/09/2012 - 18:30
12/09/2012 - 19:30

Speaker: Myrddin Jones
Lead Technologist; Electronics, Photonics & Electrical Systems
Technology Strategy Board

Venue: The Watershed, Room: Waterside three map

This is a Joint event with BEN

Please note that Registration is required.

The Technology Strategy Board is the UK's innovation agency. Our aim is simple - to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation.

How? By being a catalyst; by highlighting opportunities; by connecting partners and networks and by funding - helping businesses of every size to transform great ideas into the growth products and services of tomorrow.

This meeting will provide an overview of the tools and programmes available from the Technology Strategy Board with a focus on SME support.

What's different about 'cloud forensics'

26/03/2012 - 18:30
26/03/2012 - 21:00

Spring School - Cloud Computing

First Speaker: James Davenport
Second Speaker: TBD

Venue: City of Bristol College

6.30pm Refreshments
7.00pm 1st Talk
7.35pm 2nd Talk

Please see the main article for booking details

A great deal is being said about "cloud forensics", but one has to ask how this is different from "computer centre forensics", a subject which attracts no hype, and just happens. The speaker's thesis is that the fundamental difference is organisational and motivational, rather than technical. However, he will discuss technical approaches to solving this organisational challenge.

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The most common legal and technical mistakes made in Cloud Computing

19/03/2012 - 18:30
19/03/2012 - 21:00

Spring School - Cloud Computing

Venue: City of Bristol College See Venues

Speakers: Jeremy Holt is the head of the Computer Law Group of Clark Holt Commercial Solicitors. Luke Marsden is CTO at Hybrid Logic

6.30pm Refreshments
7.00pm 1st Talk
7.35pm 2nd Talk

Please see the main article for booking details

Assuming that Cloud will reduce costs, increase scalability and make businesses more Agile, the talk will outline the most common mistakes (both legal and technical) that people make in relation to cloud computing and will suggest pragmatic and practical ways of avoiding those pitfalls.

Luke's talk will focus on common technical problems made when implementing cloud technologies: the mismatch between expectations and technical reality. He will cover the cloud as equated to scalability, failure tolerance, virtualisation and agility, discuss the complexities and challenges in each along with some solutions and a case study of how it can be achieved.

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