BCS ELITE Thames Valley: Business Impact of Technology Evening: Agile Business - What's Left for Managers to do?

Tuesday 8 March 2016

7.00pm - 9.00pm

Oracle UK Headquarters, Oracle Parkway, Thames Valley Park, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 1RA

£10 + vat BCS & IoD members; £20 + vat non-BCS/IoD members


This is the fifth of the Business Impact of Technology Evenings that bring together members of BCS ELITE and IoD to network, hear from topic experts, and discuss the business opportunities created by the latest technologies.

Forward-looking businesses are now adapting the “Agile” approach to management, based on the way software businesses run projects. In those businesses, staff organise themselves into self-managed teams ... but when staff manage themselves what is left for managers to do?

The evening starts at 7.00pm (half an hour later than usual) with canapés and light refreshments providing the ideal opportunity to network. At 7.30pm there is a welcome from our hosts, followed by two short talks, with questions. At 8.15pm we break out into discussion sessions on topics selected by the audience and finish with a plenary discussion.

Our speakers are:

Dr Ken Boness C. Eng., MIET, FInstNDT

Ken currently lectures in the School of Systems Engineering at the University of Reading and shares research interests with members of Henley Business School. He researches goal-oriented requirements-engineering in agile developments and lectures on requirements engineering, enterprise architecture modelling, project management and software testing.

Ken’s postgraduate, industrial career began in 1976 with ten years in the UK Atomic Energy

Authority, specialising in the science and application of Nondestructive Testing. This was followed by fourteen years as an executive director of a specialist software development company (RCP Consultants Ltd) where he adopted management methods that were later to be called agile methods. He worked for three years for BMC Software and then split his career between freelance consulting and academic research and lecturing; the consulting involved helping venture-capital funded companies to adopt agile development methods, including in the development of healthcare audit software.

A second speaker is to be confirmed.