2017 - 2018 Programme

All meetings are free of charge, no reservation is required, except where otherwise indicated below, although members may be requested to indicate intention to attend via online poll e.g. Doodle however please note this is for capacity planning purposes only. Non members are welcome to all meetings. Branch meetings qualify for BCS CPD credit.

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Programme Summary

Date Event
9 Oct 2017 TBD
13 Nov 2017 Project Management: How to Guarantee Failure
12 Feb 2018 Meltdown and Spectre
12 Mar 2018 Lean meets Team
9 Apr 2018 Tech Digest & Networking
14 May 2018 GDPR

Programme Detail

TBD

Date Monday 9th October 2017
Time There will be light refreshments available from 6:30pm and the talk will start at 7:00pm
Location IET Teacher Building, 14 St Enoch Square, Glasgow G1 4DB
Speaker
Convenor

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Project Management: How to Guarantee Failure

Date Monday 13th November 2017
Time There will be light refreshments available from 6:30pm and the talk will start at 7:00pm
Location Mash Room, Floor 3, IET Teacher Building, 14 St Enoch Square, Glasgow G1 4DB
Speaker Andrew Robertson, MBCS, CITP
Convenor Eddie Gray, BA (Hons), MSc, MBCS, CITP

Synopsis: There are a plethora of books, education programs, and consultancies that offer the Keys to Project Management success. As with sport, there is much to learn by studying failure to win. This light hearted look at the actions that guarantee project failure seeks to offer guidance through the minefield that is project management.

Short Bio: ANDREW ROBERTSON, Independent Consultant, Old man of the IT seas, MBCS since 1974

Andrew Robertson has over 50 years IT experience including CIO; Global Application Systems Director, Regional Tele-communications Management; Regional & Countrywide IT Operations Management, IT Facilities Management, Data Centre Design/ Construction, H/W engineering.

  • Experience in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, North and South America, Far East, Australasia.
  • Formulation of Business driven IT strategies in 20 countries.
  • Manager with Global responsibilities for formulation of Strategy and Delivery of service.
  • Formulation and Delivery of Data Centre Strategies (Local, Regional and Global).
  • Data Centre Strategy, Data Centre Consolidation and Supervision of Data Centre Construction.
    • Highlights include a data centre in Riyadh for Alinma Bank, the 1st Data Centre in MENA to achieve UTI Tier III design & Construction Certification;
    • For Turk Telekom the first data centre in Turkey to achieve Tier III design cert;
    • Pre-fabricating in the UK and then shipping an entire 5,000 sq. ft. data centre to Iceland, delivering the certified Data Centre within 5 months of contract signature.
  • Managing Provision of IT services and providing World Class Outsourcing expertise in 5 countries.
  • 20 + years in the Oil and Gas industry.
  • CIO Gulf of Mexico, Venezuela and Colombia.
  • 12 Years in Local Government in Scotland.

As an Independent consultant, Andrew has provided consultancy to many leading organisations, including the following:

EMC, Prudential, Riyadh Bank, Commerz Bank, Colt,Symantec, Digital Realty Trust, Turk Telecom, Alinma Bank, LCH.Clearnet; HP; The 8 Scottish Police Forces IT initiative; EIRCOM; PDVSA; BRITISH TELECOM; HP; ALYESKA (Pipeline company); SAIC; INTESA; ORIGIN; I-NET;I-Quest, Wang Global; ZEDA; Midland Software; AON; NASA; US Postal Ser4vice; Western Digital; INTEVEP; Royal Society of Chemistry, Bank Of Ireland; CNG (Consolidated Natural Gas)

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Meltdown and Spectre

Date Monday 12th February 2018
Time There will be light refreshments available from 6:30pm and the talk will start at 7:00pm
Location IET Teacher building, 14 St Enoch Square, Glasgow G1 4DB
Speaker
Convenor Will Nelson

We'll will be holding an open discussion on Meltdown and Spectre, the recently found CPU hardware vulnerabilities affecting most sectors of IT. We'll have a look at what is known, the mitigations for and effects off, and it's impact now and in the coming years.

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Lean meets Team

Date Monday 12th March 2018
Time There will be light refreshments available from 6:30pm and the talk will start at 7:00pm
Location IET Teacher building, 14 St Enoch Square, Glasgow G1 4DB
Speaker Graeme Lindsay
Convenor Andrew Smillie

Brief presentation synopsis:

A story - told from the perspective of a team - as they take a journey of discovery. Refusing to be methodology zealots, they had to pick their own path and develop a set of practices that met their needs.

Learning from their own experiences - their journey involved some accidents, some false paths and some good luck. In the end they borrowed from some Agile principles, copied from some Lean principles and made the rest up.

The team are still on their journey, but the hope is that hearing this story will inspire thoughts and ideas for others who may be on a similar journey...

Speaker profile:

Graeme has spent the past 15 years or so working as an Engineer. His early career included working on the design of systems used in wellbore surveys in the oil and gas industry, as well as the development of debug tools for the smart card industry.

For the past 11 years, Graeme has worked as a software engineer working on the development of an enterprise-grade CRM product. For 6 of those years, he has also worked as a team lead of one of the development teams.

While he used to think building software was a challenge, hes come to appreciate that perhaps the greater challenge lies in building successful teams that build software. He takes great satisfaction from helping turn a group of smart, talented, individuals into an effective team who collaborate, communicate and get stuff done.

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Tech Digest & Networking

Date Monday 9th April 2018
Time There will be light refreshments available from 6:30pm and the talk will start at 7:00pm
Location IET Teacher building, 14 St Enoch Square, Glasgow G1 4DB
Speaker
Convenor Andrew Smillie

Tech Digest and networking event, looking over and discussing some of the large topics that have arisen recently and providing an opportunity for networking

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GDPR

Date Monday 14th May 2018
Time There will be light refreshments available from 6:30pm and the talk will start at 7:00pm
Location IET Teacher building, 14 St Enoch Square, Glasgow G1 4DB
Speaker Ian Fish
Convenor Fred Crowson
Tickets Free but registration is required: https://bcsglasgow1405.eventbrite.co.uk/

Synopsis: Join us for a talk from BCS Information Security Specialist Group on the General Data Protection Regulations.

Speaker: Ian Fish FBCS CITP has a long history of volunteering within BCS and has been on the ISSG committee for more than 25 years and is the current chairman. He is also the membership secretary of the ICT Ethics SG. In the past he has been the chair of the Information Privacy Expert Panel and a member of the Security Community of Expertise. Both of these bodies have now been subsumed into the Security and Privacy Executive. Ian was an inaugural member of the Best Practice Committee, founded the BCS IoT Working Group in 2012 and has represented BCS in a number of UN Internet Governance Forums and European Dialogues on Internet Governance.

Find out more about the group: http://www.bcs.org/category/19042

Group's Linkedln: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/1182227/profile

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