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Who are we?

SPA (pronounced 'spar') is the Software Practice Advancement specialist group of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. Read about our aims and mission here.

What do we do?

How do I join?

Although everyone can attend BCS SPA meetings, those attending more than one or two are encouraged to join BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, at the appropriate grade. You'll find everything you need to know about joining SPA here.

What else is on this site?

Lists of past and planned events are here, including presentation materials and/or notes in many cases, along with newsletters and other useful materials. There used to be a wiki for discussion of related topics, but it was not used much and so the content is now offered on a read-only basis.

You can jump from here directly to the London Meeting Programme.


There are a number of friendly organisations whose goals are broadly sympathetic to those of SPA, and with whom SPA has had cross-sponsorship or other arrangements in the past.

Where's OOPS?

Find out why BCS OOPS changed its name to SPA. Or read more about SPA's thirty year history.


SPA 2018 Conference

The 23rd annual SPA Conference ran in London from 2nd-4th July 2018. The annual BCS Software Practice Advancement conference brings together experts and practitioners to share the latest thinking in software development. Check the full programme.

Please contact us if your organisation might be interested in sponsoring the one-day "Best of SPA" in November 2018 or next year's conference.

Next evening meeting (London)

Natalia Oskina and Giovanni Asproni: Be Your Own Threatbuster!
Wednesday 5th December 2018, 18:30 - 20:00 (sandwiches and refreshments from 6pm)

[Full London programme]