INSPIRE Conference 2015

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Conferences on Quality

INSPIRE (International conference for Process Improvement, Research and Education) Conferences will be held from:

Tuesday 31st of March 2015
Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK

The 20th Annual INSPIRE conference is organised jointly with the BCS e-Learning SG, it addresses software process improvement related to teaching, training and research and is run in conjunction with the 23rd International Software Quality Management (SQM) Conference.

Aims and Objectives

  • To improve awareness of process improvement issues
  • To promote better understanding of software quality and process improvement issues
  • To increase the effectiveness of process improvement
  • To improve the quality of web communication
  • To improve the quality of relevant courses for academia and for industry



SQM and INSPIRE will have three keynote speakers:


Professor Tom Jackson (After Dinner Speaker)

Professor of Information and Knowledge Management

Director of the Centre for Information Management, School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University

The Connected Jungle and the Digital Tree

We live in the information age, which means we are more connected than ever before. Yet many of us can find it a bewildering and somewhat complex connected corporate jungle to operate in. For example, how many times have you felt overwhelmed by the number of emails you have received or by the vast amount of content available on-line?

This talk explores the physiological and psychological impact of the digital communication network on you and the organisation and how by understanding and modelling these factors we can better prepare ourselves for the ever increasing, multifaceted communication tools available to us. As we continue to create our own digital tree over time, we will also discuss how the information is being used to forecast crime and change the marketing of products and services forever. 


Carol Long (CertIoD, CEng FBCS, MCQI CQP, MAPM, MPMI)

Professional Services Manager at Advanced Computer Software Group Plc

Quality Considerations in App Development

The lessons of software development processes from DevOps (continuous delivery of development and the associated releases) has become a theme in management speak since 2010. The approaches to the App Development have changed what matters in measuring the quality of a developer’s output. In this session, Carol will summarise where the focus of the quality professional in the software industry has changed thanks to App Development.  Carol’s experience includes developing in mainframe COBOL, being a software quality manager in a commercial software house and managing Agile software development. Twenty years of managing projects and programmes has placed her in a position to observe changes in software quality approaches over this period.


Melanie King

Head of the Centre for Engineering and Design Education, Loughborough University

CEDE - 18 Years developing educational technology for Loughborough University and beyond

The CEDE is unique in the UK and has achieved considerable success and recognition within the local engineering  education community, and beyond for the past 18 years.  The presentation will cover the historical background of the Centre’s development, the context in which it operates, and its effective management and operation strategy. The success it has enjoyed is described through examples of; the development of high quality bespoke learning technology systems; open source software and open source communities of practice; curriculum design projects underpinned by technology; commercialisation projects; and the adoption of new lean and agile approaches to project and product management of technology in HE.

© BCS Quality Specialist Group 2015