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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 and to our playlist on YouTube.


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 2021 Conference

The annual BCS Software Practice Advancement conference brings together experts and practitioners to share the latest thinking in software development. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the 25th annual SPA Conference has been postponed to 13-17 September 2021 and will take place entirely online. Registration is open now!

As a curtain-raiser, a free SPA Showcase conference was held from March 24th-25th 2021. Recordings of the sessions are available now.

Please contact us if your organisation might be interested in sponsoring either conference.

Next evening meeting (London)

Dr Stephen Castell - software defects and the Law: dealing with the despair, distrust and disputes of a DISPRO, the DISaster PROject
Wednesday 6th October 2021, 18:30 - 20:00 (GoTo Webinar)

[Full London programme]