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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 2019 Conference

The 24th annual SPA Conference took place in London from 24th - 26th June 2019. The annual BCS Software Practice Advancement conference brings together experts and practitioners to share the latest thinking in software development.

A free one-day "SPA Showcase" conference is being prepared to take place in Leeds on February 21st. Watch this space!

Please contact us if your organisation might be interested in sponsoring this year's conference, taking place from 21-22 July 2020.

Next evening meeting (London)

Martyn Puddephat: Why Agile is Nothing New
Thursday 5th March 2020, 18:30 - 20:00 (sandwiches and refreshments from 6pm)

[Full London programme]