Valorisation of Projects - Quality and Stakeholder Value

Tuesday 17 December 2013

6.00pm for 6:30pm - 8.00pm

Room 326, 3rd Floor, Reginald Mitchell Building, Southampton Solent University, Southampton, SO14 0RD | Maps

Elli Georgiadou FBCS, Middlesex University & SEEQMA Ltd

Free of charge, for both BCS and Non-BCS members.

Joint event between BCS Hampshire Branch, BCS Quality Specialist Group and Southampton Solent University.

This event is free, open to all, but please book through the BCS website when available, both for BCS members and non-members for arranging refreshments. This is a similar presentation of that prepared for the Quality SG AGM.

This is particularly suitable for those that are involved with computing or non-IT projects, and who wish to disseminate and/or exploit the results.

The complex concept of value is often confused with the concept of quality. Also it is almost always assumed that high quality projects result in value gains. Although quality is a complex and elusive concept it is noticeable by its absence. When things break down, when projects fail, when a product does not satisfy the user’s requirements or causes harm, when service provided by companies or individuals is substandard we all understand and protest against the lack of quality or some aspect of it.

Value, like quality, is another multifaceted concept, and it depends on the stakeholders’ view and their expectations. The strength or level of value depends on context. The term ‘value’ is often characterised as both complex and multi-dimensional.

Identifying and prioritising expectations for both quality and value from all perspectives reveals synergies and conflicts and focuses efforts towards satisfying stakeholders' requirements and hence produces value for them. The complexity of projects such as those funded by the European Union have a multiplicity of stakeholders ranging from the individuals, to the consortium members, countries, the EU and society at large.

The VALO project aims to address the shortage of competences in Valorisation (dissemination, sustainability and exploitation) developed by a consortium of six partners and supported by the EU Leonardo da Vinci Programme, Transfer of Innovation (project number 2011-1-GR1-LEO05-06789).

The French word Valorisation means dissemination, sustainability and exploitation. All projects need to spread information in order to ensure that others can benefit from experiences gained in the project and can share in the successes, experiences and lessons learned. Many projects, such as lifelong learning, research and innovation projects seem to be carried out in isolation and to finish without essential impact on society, economy, policy and practice. They are basically missing a good dissemination and exploitation strategy.

The VALO project is to create awareness of the needs for an integral mechanism to maximise the dissemination, exploitation and sustainability of project results for high quality outcomes and added value. The VALO training includes issues regarding how to transfer results and best practices to different and broader contexts; how to tailor the results to the needs of others; how to continue after the funding period has finished; how to influence on policy and practice; how to serve the public good. The emphasis is on optimising the value of a project and on boosting its impact.

This presentation will examine the relationship of quality, value and project valorisation with the view to raise awareness of the issues and share insights gained through the development of the VALO project.

About the Speaker:

Elli Georgiadou is now a Visiting Academic at Middlesex University and the Managing Director of the SEEQMA (Software Engineering, Education, Quality Management) Consultancy. She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a national committee member of the BCS Specialist Group. She has 33 years of teaching experience coupled with simultaneous industrial experience where she has been putting theory to practice. She has managed and/or participated 12 European funded projects of different size and complexity and has co-ordinated the European and International Affairs for 25 years in two UK universities. Her research, which is reported in a large number of publications, spans a range of areas which include Software Quality (Process and Product), Measurement, Evaluation, Quality Management as well as Educational Management.