Posted: Friday, 20th April 2012
TOP information technology professionals are being lined up to speak at the university as part of our strategy to offer students an insight into the real world of their chosen career.
The School of Computing, Mathematics & Digital Technology has teamed up with the British Computer Society to provide three open talks on cloud computing, project management IT and Kanban implementations.
The first talk on Tuesday, 1 May is by Mike Small, FBCS, a world renowned speaker on security topics who is also speaking at this year’s ISACA European Computer Audit and Security Conference in Manchester. Mike will be speaking about Cloud computing and security and will cover assurance approaches to managing the cloud including CSA Controls Matrix, SSAE16/ISAE3401, BITS Shared Assessments and ISO 27001. http://manchester.bcs.org/?event=cloud-provider-assurance
Project Management IT
The second talk on Tuesday, 22 May is titled ‘Why projects (still) fail, and what you can do about it’ and featured Dr Graham Oakes, FBCS, an independent consultant.
Dr Oakes he helps organisations such as the Open University, Oxfam, Skype, Sony and Vodafone to define strategy, initiate projects and hence run those projects effectively. Dr Oakes has held positions including Director of Technology at Sapient Ltd and Head of Project Management for Psygnosis Ltd.
His talk will dig deep into the causes of project failure, and look at what we can do to prevent them, or at least catch them before they blow up into major disasters.http://manchester.bcs.org/?event=why-projects-still-fail-and-what-you-can-do-about-it
On Wednesday, 13 June, Mike Burrows, of David J. Anderson and Associates, Inc. will present Kanban the Hard Way’ in which he will take apart an advanced implementation to understand better the techniques, the underlying approach and some of the organisational implications.
Mike has led development teams and larger IT functions for much of his career, working in aerospace, software tools, finance and energy, recently as Executive Director at UBS Investment Bank and then IT Director at the energy risk management consultancy Encore International where he led one of the first Kanban implementations in Central Europe.http://manchester.bcs.org/?event=kanban-the-hard-way
All the talks take place from 6 – 8pm in the John Dalton Building and are open to staff and students.