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Software-isation: The Challenges of Software Quality for ICT Intense Industries – Refining the Research Focus, by BCS Software Testing Group.

Organising Committee

  • Simon Fletcher, CTO, Real Wireless (Workshop Chair)
  • Dr Keith Baughan, Director, mVCE
  • Professor Timothy O'Farrell, Chair in Wireless Communications, University of Sheffield
  • Professor Nick Race, Professor of Networked Systems, Lancaster University
  • Martin Hogg, Director and Cyber Security Consultant, Picasso Security,
  • Adam Leon-Smith, CTO, Dragonfly
  • Jenny Johnson, Admin Support, mVCE


09:30 – 10:00
Coffee and registration

10:00 – 10:10
Overview of event and motivations
Simon Fletcher, Real Wireless

10:10 – 10:30
Policy Makers' Perspective
Mike Short, Chief Scientific Advisor, DIT
Chris Moore, Technology Specialist, DIT

10:30 – 11:45
Session 1: Control of the Supply Chain

  • Session chair: Martin Hogg, Picasso Security
  • Case study 1: Tom Geraghty, Red Hat
  • Case study 2: Federico Boccardi, AWS
  • Case study 3: TBC, academic speaker
  • Facilitated discussion

11:45 – 12:00
Coffee break

12:00 – 13:15
Session 2: State of the Art Software Development Methodologies

  • Session chair: Nick Race, Lancaster University
  • Case study 1: Joost Noppen, British Telecom
  • Case study 2: Harris Rotsos, Lancaster University
  • Case study 3: Seshaiah Ponnekanti, Net AI
  • Facilitated discussion

13:15 – 14:15

14:15 - 15:30
Session 3: The Human Factor

  • Session chair: Adam Leon-Smith, Dragonfly.
  • Case study 1: Shakeel Kahn, HMRC
  • Case study 2: Stephanie Ifayemi, DCMS
  • Case study 3: TBC, academic speaker
  • Facilitated discussion

15:30 – 16:00
Panel: Conclusions and Next Steps
Session Chair: Tim O’Farrell, Sheffield University

Networking, drinks, nibbles, departure.


This is a one day “live” dual-venue event hosted by BCS in London, with an additional linked (via conferencing platform) venue at the UK5G Showcase in Birmingham at the Eastside Rooms Conference Centre. The presenters will be located at the London venue.

Please register to attend in-person either at the Birmingham venue or the BCS London office.

With a focus on the convergence of telecoms networks and IT networks, the technology catalyst for the transformation is software. Various industries see a pressing need for dependable, reliable software. However, the pressures on costs of development and maintenance, and the time to market imperative are ever present and increasing.

In this second event of the Joint Software Initiative, we will strengthen the key structural themes of the supply side ecosystem. The first workshop discovered focal points for further exploration:

  • Control of supply chain
  • The Human factor
  • Stage of the art software development methodologies

By application of creative problem-solving techniques, the workshop will critically review industry case studies that may point to symptoms or evidence of underlying causes where application of new software techniques or technologies may improve future mid to long term outcomes.

This workshop event shall create the opportunity for software-oriented research leaders to promote their capabilities to policy makers and industry leaders and industry to articulate the challenges they encounter in increasingly complex software-driven environments.

Our events are for adults aged 16 years and over.

BCS is a membership organisation. If you enjoy this event, please consider joining BCS. You’ll be very welcome. You’ll receive access to many exclusive career development tools, an introduction to a thriving professional community and also help us Make IT Good For Society. Join BCS today

For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event, please note that BCS does not issue invitation letters.


BCS is following government guidelines and we would ask attendees to continue to also follow these guidelines. Please go to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ for more information, advice, and instructions.

The venue, we have been assured, is also following government guidelines. Please contact Eastside Rooms Birmingham if you would like any further information on their COVID procedures. Cambridge Wireless COVID procedures can be found here: https://www.cambridgewireless.co.uk/CW-Policies/coronavirus-policy/

This event is brought to you by: BCS Software Testing specialist group (SIGIST)

Software-isation: Software quality challenges for ICT intense industries
Date and time
Tuesday 22 March, 9:30am - 5:00pm
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
25 Copthall Ave
United Kingdom
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