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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 2020 Conference

The 25th annual SPA Conference takes place in London from 21st - 22nd July 2020. The annual BCS Software Practice Advancement conference brings together experts and practitioners to share the latest thinking in software development.

The full programme is due for publication in the next few weeks. The organisers are considering ways to hold the conference if the Covid-19 outbreak continues into July.

Please contact us if your organisation might be interested in sponsoring this year's conference.

A free one-day "SPA Showcase" conference took place in Leeds on February 21st. Recordings of the sessions will be available shortly.

Tom Gilb Workshop Series

Renowned agile methods pioneer is providing pro bono training workshops in London. Read more

Next evening meeting (London)

Tom Gilb: Technoscopes - Meet the Challenge of Engineering Complexity
Wednesday 1st April 2020, 18:30 - 20:00 (GoTo Webinar)

[Full London programme]