Past Events

Title Description Date
CPO200 Google Cloud Platform for Systems Operations Professionals

Through a combination of instructor-led presentations and hands-on labs, students learn how to deploy cloud infrastructure components such as networks, systems, and applications. This course is designed to give participants a robust hands-on experience and is primarily lab-focused.

Prerequisites:
• Basic proficiency with command-line tools and linux operating system environments
• Prior systems operations experience, either on-premises or using a public cloud

This class is intended for Systems Operations professionals and Systems Administrators using Google Cloud Platform to create or migrate application environments and infrastructure.

What to bring:

• Laptop (Windows, Mac OS or Linux with Google Chrome browser)
• Credit Card - you will not be billed but you will need this to redeem the credits required for the course
• Photo ID - needed for security

To Register, please email Leah, @Leah.Tladi@wits.ac.za

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 09:00 to Friday, June 30, 2017 - 17:00
CPD200 Developing Solutions For Google Cloud Platform

Through a combination of instructor-led presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on labs, students learn how to develop cloud-based applications using Google App Engine, Google Cloud Datastore, and Google Cloud Endpoints.

Prerequisites:
• Basic proficiency with command-line tools and linux operating system environments
• Experience developing applications and APIs using a common programming language such as Java or Python
• Prior solutions development experience, either on-premises or in a public cloud environment

This class is intended for experienced application developers who want to learn how to migrate applications to the cloud or to create native, cloud-based applications for Google Cloud Platform.

What to bring:

• Laptop (Windows, Mac OS or Linux with Google Chrome browser)
• Credit Card - you will not be billed but you will need this to redeem the credits required for the course
• Photo ID - needed for security

To Register, please email Leah, @Leah.Tladi@wits.ac.za

 

 

 

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 09:00 to Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 17:00
Test-driven Development Bootcamp

This is an intensive 2-day hands-on course to help attendees master TDD. We designed this course around proven techniques that nReality developed while coaching various software teams to become proficient in TDD. This course can be run either for programmers only, or for whole teams with an emphasis on collaboration.

**Participants to bring own laptop with IDE/development environment set-up.**

To Register, please email Leah, @Leah.Tladi@wits.ac.za

 

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 09:00 to Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 17:00
(CPB200) GOOGLE BIGQUERY FOR DATA ANALYSTS

Prerequisites:
• Attending Google Cloud Platform CPB100 recommended
• Experience using a SQL-like query language to analyze data

This class is intended for data analysts and data scientists responsible for: analyzing and visualizing big data, implementing cloud-based big data solutions, deploying or migrating big data applications to the public cloud, implementing and maintaining large-scale data storage environments, and transforming/processing big data.

What to bring:

• Laptop (Windows, Mac OS or Linux with Google Chrome browser)
• Credit Card - you will not be billed but you will need this to redeem the credits required for the course
• Photo ID - needed for security

To Register, please email Leah, @Leah.Tladi@wits.ac.za

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 09:00 to Friday, June 2, 2017 - 17:00
Services Supplement for CMMI v1.3

The CMMI for Services (CMMI-SVC) model defines effective practices that ensure quality services are delivered to customers and end users. Some types of services that would benefit from using CMMI-SVC include operations, logistics, maintenance, IT, and many other services in government and industry. The course is composed of lectures and class exercises with ample opportunity for participant questions and discussions. After attending the course, participants will be able to describe the CMMI-SVC model, discuss the model’s process areas, and locate relevant information in the model.

This course, combined with the Introduction to CMMI for Development, fulfills the prerequisite for any course or role requiring an official introductory CMMI for Services course. It is designed for professionals who have already taken Introduction to CMMI for Development. The three-day Introduction to CMMI for Services is recommended for those who have not yet taken an introductory course.

To register: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/25987-services-supplement-for-cmmi-v13/

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 08:30 to 17:00
Introduction to CMMI for Development v1.3

The CMMI for Development (CMMI-DEV) model is a tool that helps organizations to improve their ability to develop and maintain quality products and services.

The course is composed of lectures and class exercises with ample opportunity for participant questions and discussions. After attending the course, participants will be able to describe the components of the CMMI-DEV model and their relationships, discuss the process areas in the CMMI-DEV model, and locate relevant information in the model.

To register: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/25981-introduction-to-cmmi-for-developm...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 08:30 to Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 17:00
Balanced Scorecard Workshop

Balanced Scorecard Workshop
Location: Johannesburg
Exact Venue: TBD

To register: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/25994-balanced-scorecard-workshop/

 

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 08:30 to Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 17:00
JCSE Executive Breakfast

How can we work together towards making a positive contribution to the South African ICT sector?

To register: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/25972-jcse-executive-breakfast/

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 07:30 to 09:30
JCSE Executive Breakfast

How can we work together towards making a positive contribution to the South African ICT sector?

To register: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/25967-jcse-executive-breakfast/

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 07:30 to 09:30
Six Sigma Green Belt Training

Six Sigma Green Belt Training
Location: Johannesburg
Exact Venue: TBD

To register: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/25986-six-sigma-green-belt-training/  

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 08:30 to Friday, March 31, 2017 - 17:00
(CPB100) GOOGLE CLOUD PLATFORM BIG DATA & MACHINE LEARNING FUNDAMENTALS

It provides a quick overview of the Google Cloud Platform and a deeper dive of the data processing capabilities.

Prerequisites - basic proficiency in the following:
• A common query language such as SQL
• Extract, transform, load activities
• Data modeling
• Machine learning and/or statistics
• Knowledge of either Python or Java programming

This 8 hour instructor-led class introduces participants to the Big Data & Machine Learning capabilities of Google Cloud Platform. It provides a quick overview of the Google Cloud Platform and a deeper dive of the data processing capabilities. This class is intended for Data and Business analysts, Data scientists and IT decision makers who intend to do the following with big data:

• Extracting, Loading, Transforming, cleaning, and validating data for use in analytics
• Designing pipelines and architectures for data processing
• Creating and maintaining machine learning and statistical models
• Querying datasets, visualizing query results and creating reports

What to bring:

• Laptop (Windows, Mac OS or Linux with Google Chrome browser)
• Credit Card - you will not be billed but you will need this to redeem the credits required for the course
• Photo ID - needed for security

To register : https://www.quicket.co.za/events/26535-cpb100-google-cloud-platform-big-......

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 09:00 to 17:00
Women in IT March Event - 6 March 2017

The Women in IT monthly meeting is organised jointly by the JCSE at Wits University, the IITPSA and Wired Women. At some of the meetings we will put inspiring thought leaders "In The Spotlight".  At the March meeting Monica Singer, CEO of Strate, will speak about Block Chain. This emerging technical innovation is destined to disrupt many sectors. Monica will discuss how Block Chain will affect the financial service industry.

The Block Chain is a hot topic for discussion - it has the potential to revolutionize domestic and international transactions. The Block Chain was invented in the context of the digital currency, Bitcoin and can be extended to include other digital assets  .The Block Chain is an open, honest, accountable and auditable  public ledger of all the  transactions and it allows parties to transact securely in the absence of a third party intermediary . The Block Chain is distributed and secure eliminating fraud and error. It will speed up processes and lower transaction costs.

The Block Chain is set to bring about the second generation of the internet from an internet of information to an internet of value through mass collaboration, cryptography and clever code.
 

To register : https://www.quicket.co.za/events/26360-women-in-it-march-event-6-march-2017/

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 18:00 to 19:30
JCSE’s “Women in IT” Forum

Panellists:

  • Moderator: Debby Edelstein from Quality Life;
  • Ruddy Riba from BBD;
  • Arlene Mulder from “We Think Code”; 
  • Rocky Medalie from FNB;
  • Xoliswa Mahlangu  from JCSE.

Debby Edelstein is a proudly South African entrepreneur who focuses her attention on the creation and support of women leadership initiatives. As the founder of WiredWomen, The Annual Women's Leadership Conference, the WeLead Circle Project and the Inspired Teachers Conference, Debby's commitment to creating effective leadership programmes and enabling debates around leadership shines. As a serial conversation-starter, Debby also hosts the #welead weekly social media chats, which takes place on Twitter. Debby firmly believes that the art of conversation (especially between diverse people) can bring about innovation and social change. @DebbyEdelstein 

Arlene Mulder is the co-founder & CEO of WeThinkCode_ .Prior to joining the tech start-up world, Arlene spent 7 years at Rand Merchant Bank where she worked in Corporate Finance and Credit Risk. Arlene left the finance world to start WeThinkCode_, a tech start-up that is revolutionising education for software engineers. Firstly WeThinkCode_ is democratising education, by making it free and accessible to any young talent, regardless of financial means or previous education. Secondly, WeThinkCode_ is challenging the traditional model of teachers and classes by focusing on peer-to-peer, problem solving learning principles. Arlene holds a master’s degree in Business, Mathematics and Informatics. 

Ruddy Riba software developer at BBD and an Honours graduate in Computer Science. With 4 years’ experience she has worked in various projects involving .NET, knockout.js and is recently taken on a venture to Java with Spring and Angular. She strongly believes in testing code and producing software built for purpose. Ruddy is a co-founder of an organisation called Pink-IT aimed at creating a social culture for females to be exposed to software development to achieve gender diversity in the workplace.

Xoli Mahlangu is a Wits Software Engineering MEng graduate who is passionate about skills development and women empowerment.  She is currently heading JCSE’s schools project where she introduces high school students to digital development and helps them create interesting projects with a social impact. She also manages the graduate leadership development programme that gives ICT graduates an opportunity to further their studies whilst working on real life projects.

Rocky Medalie is the Head of IT Architecture for the FNB Business segment, where she is responsible for defining and driving the IT strategy and architecture across Sales, Credit, Short Term Insurance and the FNB Business Instant Solutions Suite. Rocky has extensive experience in the IT industry, with 15 of her 17 years experience being in the financial services sector, where she has developed and implemented many strategic projects. During her time at FNB Wealth, Rocky, along with her architecture team, won the 2014 iCMG Architecture Excellence Award in Banking and Financial Services. Rocky is passionate about technology and education, and has just completed her Masters of Engineering (MEng) in Software Engineering at Wits, in association with the JCSE.

Note: Parking in Juta Street outside venue. Security guards on duty.

To register, follow the link below:

 

 

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 18:30 to 20:30
Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals – CP100A

Audience

This class is intended for solutions developers, systems operations professionals, and solution architects planning to deploy applications and create application environments on Google Cloud Platform. This class is also suitable for executives and business decision makers evaluating the potential of Google Cloud Platform to address their business needs.

Prerequisites

None. Familiarity with application development, Linux operating systems, systems operations, and data analytics/machine learning is helpful in understanding the technologies covered.

Please bring your own laptop.

Objectives

At the end of this one-day course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the purpose and value of each of the Google Cloud Platform products and services
  • Explain the difference between Iaas and PaaS
  • List the methods of interacting with Google Cloud Platform services
  • Describe ways in which customers have used Google Cloud Platform to improve their businesses
  • Understand how to choose an appropriate application deployment environment on Google Cloud Platform: Google App Engine, Google Container Engine, or Google Compute Engine
  • Deploy an application to: Google App Engine, Google Container Engine, and Google Compute Engine
  • Compare the Google Cloud Platform storage options: Google Cloud Storage, Google Cloud SQL, Google Cloud Bigtable, and Google Cloud Datastore
  • Deploy an application that uses Google Cloud Datastore and Google Cloud Storage to store data
  • Load data into BigQuery and query it

Register:

 

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 08:30 to 16:00
Short Course - Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Scientists, Engineers and Researchers

 

“Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Scientists, Engineers and Researchers” is a short course led by Doug Arion, Donald Hedberg Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Director, Carthage Institute of Astronomy, Carthage College, USA.

The short course is open to engineers and scientists interested in exploring the relationship between research and entrepreneurship in the South African context. The course is sponsored by AIP (American Institute of Physics), IBM Research and Wits University’s Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE).

Course Summary:

The goal of the short course is to bring universal entrepreneurship concepts and knowledge to students and faculty in the sciences and others interested in technical entrepreneurship and business development. The short course topics have been selected to address elements of business development that are ‘universal’: those that can be applied to any professional and business environment independent of nationality or the specific enterprise or product type. Other topics that are important in entrepreneurship are location specific (such as intellectual property, legal and regulatory issues, finance, taxes, etc.) and will be addressed by local experts in these important disciplines. The course will be hands-on, with presentations, breakouts, exercises, and workshop activities to both inform the audience and move them forward in their career and business endeavors.

Support material:

1.       Physicists in the private sector

2.       Risky business: A study of physics entrepreneurship (2012)

3.       Things your adviser never told you: Entrepreneurship’s role in physics education

4.       Link to articles about corporate physics (all free from the daily edition)

Biography of presenter:

Dr. Douglas Arion is Donald D. Hedberg Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, Director of the Carthage Institute of Astronomy, and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Carthage College. He founded the ScienceWorks technology entrepreneurship education program at Carthage in 1994, the first undergraduate program of its kind in the United States. He helped found the Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation and served as Senior Program Advisor. He serves on the US Joint Task Force on Undergraduate Physics Programs, which is recommending new standards for physics education to prepare graduates for 21st Century careers. He has organized conferences to promote entrepreneurship education with the American Physical Society, and the Industrial Physics Forums of the American Institute of Physics and International Center for Theoretical Physics.

Previously, at Science Applications International Corporation, he was Division Head and Assistant Vice President, and led the growth of the Applied Physics and Engineering Division by a factor of 10 in less than four years.  He directed the design and construction of extensive experimental systems, including space-qualified optics and high precision structural measuring systems.

He is co-founder of Galileoscope LLC, which developed, manufactures, and distributes high quality low cost telescopes for science education and outreach. Galileoscope has supplied over 250 000 telescope kits to more than 100 countries, and was a selected as a worldwide cornerstone project of the 2009 International Year of Astronomy and 2015 International Year of Light.

Details:

Dates:

27 September 2016 (8:30am - 6:00pm)

28 September 2016 (8:30am - 5:00pm)

Venue:

IBM Research - Africa

Tshimologong Innovation Precinct

47 Juta Street, Braamfontein, JHB

Cost: 

 R1200 

 R200 (Full-time students)

 

              

   

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 08:30 to Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 17:00
SACLA'16 ICT Skills Shortage Workshop

SALCA'16 says, "We have reached a cordial agreement with the well-known Johannesburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) about the co-location of a JCSE Workshop at our SACLA`16 Conference. The JCSE Workshop will have the highly important topic "The IT Skills Shortage in South Africa", which will surely attract a number of important visitors to the event. This topic is certainly relevant also for the many academics who are going to attend the SACLA`16 conference. From an 'academic' point of view the JCSE Workshop is 'internally autonomous' with its own committee, its own list of speakers, its own publication, etc. We thank the JCSE for this amicable agreement, and we look forward to the mutual benefits of this JCSE/SACLA`16 co-location of events. For further information about the JCSE Workshop at SACLA`16 please contact Adrian Schofield in Johannesburg."

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 08:00 to Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 17:00
Ensuring your IT Project delivers - Two Day Masterclass

Worldwide:
•58% of IT Projects are ‘challenged’;
•29% fail!
•Only 13% of IT Projects deliver value as planned [ The Standish Group, 2014] A large part of the problem is that planning during the project preparation stage is often inadequate. This follows from the fact that at the beginning of the project much of the information required is not known. But the choices made at this stage will determine largely whether the project succeeds or fails during the execution phase. International expert Jan De Winter has developed new ways of working which substantially increase the success rate of ICT projects. His methodology, well aligned with aspects of agile thinking, uses Appreciative Inquiry (AI) and DEMO. DEMO was developed by the Technical University of Delft and systematically reduces the amount of information that needs to be considered at the start of the process. This improves clarity and the ability of decision makers to understand each other. As a participant in the Two-day Masterclass you will be introduced to the overall approach and you will exercise some key aspects of it (AI and DEMO) in practice. You will also receive the necessary insights in the scientific underpinning of the approach, but more important, you will be able to estimate it’s added value for your professional activities.

 

Speaker:

Jan De Winter is an independent consultant, specializing in rescuing failing ICT-projects. As a result of this experience he developed new ways of working which substantially increase the success rate of ICT projects . By combining and applying separate fields of expertise Jan gained a number of insights. The most important of these is that success or failure of the project is determined by the quality of the planning phase.
Jan studied Organizational Psychology, an Executive MBA, a certificate in Enterprise IT Architecture and a AI Certificate in Positive Business and Society Change. He is now enrolled at the University of Antwerp for a PhD.

To register: http://www.quicket.co.za/events/12942-jan-de-winter-two-day-master-class/#/

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 08:30 to Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 16:30
Ensuring your IT Project delivers - Public Lecture

Worldwide:
•58% of IT Projects are ‘challenged’;
•29% fail!
•Only 13% of IT Projects deliver value as planned [ The Standish Group, 2014] A large part of the problem is that planning during the project preparation stage is often inadequate. This follows from the fact that at the beginning of the project much of the information required is not known. But the choices made at this stage will determine largely whether the project succeeds or fails during the execution phase. International expert Jan De Winter has developed new ways of working which substantially increase the success rate of ICT projects. His methodology, well aligned with aspects of agile thinking, uses Appreciative Inquiry (AI) and DEMO. DEMO was developed by the Technical University of Delft and systematically reduces the amount of information that needs to be considered at the start of the process. This improves clarity and the ability of decision makers to understand each other. As a participant in the Two-day Masterclass you will be introduced to the overall approach and you will exercise some key aspects of it (AI and DEMO) in practice. You will also receive the necessary insights in the scientific underpinning of the approach, but more important, you will be able to estimate it’s added value for your professional activities.

 

Speaker:

Jan De Winter is an independent consultant, specializing in rescuing failing ICT-projects. As a result of this experience he developed new ways of working which substantially increase the success rate of ICT projects . By combining and applying separate fields of expertise Jan gained a number of insights. The most important of these is that success or failure of the project is determined by the quality of the planning phase.
Jan studied Organizational Psychology, an Executive MBA, a certificate in Enterprise IT Architecture and a AI Certificate in Positive Business and Society Change. He is now enrolled at the University of Antwerp for a PhD.

 

To register: http://www.quicket.co.za/events/12941-jan-de-winter-public-lecture/#/

Monday, November 23, 2015 - 18:30 to 20:30
Regional Scrum Gathering® South Africa

This year’s 2-day international conference Regional Scrum Gathering® South Africa is happening on 19th – 20th October 2015 in Johannesburg.

There are 3 brilliant keynotes: Andrea Tomasini, Cara Turner and Thato Kgatlhanye. This event will feature 20+ international and local speakers.

You can find more details here: http://sugsa.org.za/scrum-gathering-south-africa-2015/

The theme this year is Unlikely Heroes.

Tracks:

  •         IMAGINE: (Product & Innovation) Breaking through the sound barrier and saving the world by unleashing potential in yourself and your organisation by achieving more than what you imagined possible.
  •         EMPOWER: (Leadership & Coaching) With great power comes great responsibility; let’s embark on this journey together and blast to supersonic speeds.
  •         MASTER: (Pride in the Craft) Not all heroes wear capes. By honing our abilities and combining our super powers, we can go beyond the ordinary and become extraordinary.

 

Tickets are on sale for R2,250 (early bird) and R2,000 per ticket for groups of 5 and more.

You can get your tickets here: https://www.webtickets.co.za/events/conferences/scrum-gathering-south-africa/1456995512  

Monday, October 19, 2015 - 08:00 to Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 17:00
Agile Africa Conference 2015

The JCSE is excited to announce that Agile Africa 2015 will be taking place in Braamfontein, Johannesburg from 24-26 August. We already have two internationally renowned agile experts confirmed for our keynotes.

For more information on the conference or to join as a sponsor please contact ashleigh@jcse.org.za

Monday, August 24, 2015 - 08:30 to Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 17:00
Fakugesi Digital Innovation Festival

 

Wits University has announced that it will be hosting a second Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival in conjunction with headline sponsor, the City of Johannesburg. Spanning over three weeks during August and September, the 2015 festival will be held at the Tshimologong Innovation Hub in Braamfontein and will include a spectacular audiovisual laser performance on the opening night.

 

Prof Christo Doherty, co-founder and Director of the Fak’ugesi: African Digital Innovation Festival and Head of Digital Arts at Wits University says that the emphasis of the 2015 festival is on digital innovation in Africa, by Africans: “Africa needs innovation and the tremendous possibilities of digital will be the basis for an explosion of technological and artistic innovation. We are offering participants an excellent opportunity to learn, network and play again. The 2014 Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Festival was a great success and we are looking forward to another stimulating programme focused on digital innovation through the fusion of technology and creative arts.” 

 

Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 09:00 to Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 21:00
Wits Internet Week 2015

09h00 – 09h05 Opening and welcome:
              Prof Tawana Kupe (DVC, Wits University and media studies academic)

09h05 – 09h30 Keynote address: The Internet arrives in South Africa: Memory of the early days

              William Stucke (ICASA Councillor 2009 – 2014; ISPA 2000 – 2009; Founding member and Chair of AfrISPA)

09h30 – 09h50 A timeline of the history of the Internet in South Africa: Fast or slow?
              Luci Abrahams (digital economy studies, LINK Centre)
              Adrian Schofield (e-skills research, JCSE)

09h50 – 10h30 Chair: Luci Abrahams
              Panel of experts and advocates: Retrospective of milestones, success and failure – how we got to where we are
              Mike Lawrie (Internet pioneer)
              Nkateko Nyoka (Head of Regulatory Division, Vodacom)
              Pria Chetty (expert in ICT policy, law and regulation) (TBC)

10h30 – 10h50 TEA

10h50 – 11h30 Chair: Nkateko Nyoka
               Panel of experts and advocates: Harsh realities – learning from the past, what lessons for the future of the Internet
               Ant Brooks (ISPA 1996 to date, Special Advisor)
               Thoko Mokgosi-Mwantembe (CEO, Kutana Group) (TBC)
               Dr Ntsibane Ntlatlapa (Manager: Networks and Media, CSIR Meraka Institute)
               Lucky Masilela (CEO, ZA Central Registry)

11h30 – 12h00 History of the Internet in Brazil: Internet pioneers then and now
              Dr Peter Knight (author and advocate, Fernand Braudel Institute of World Economics, Sao Paulo) [via Skype]

12h00 LUNCH

RSVP Jo-Anne.Petersen@wits.ac.za

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 09:00
ITWeb Software Development Management

At the ITWeb Software Development Management conference you will learn how to manage these risks, and deliver successful software projects that support your organisation's strategic goals.

What's more as a valued partner of JCSE, we’d like to offer you a 30% discount (you pay only R3 605,00 excluding VAT) to attend this event.

Our objective is to equip you with the tools to select the correct development life cycle, create realistic plans, and manage a software development team through each phase of the project. Click here to view our jam-packed agenda which allows you to chose between either a business or technical track.

The international keynote will be delivered by Charles Villanyi Bokor, strategic management consultant and president at The Continuous Enterprise Resource Planning Group. He’ll cover what you need to know around project scoping – how to manage requirements, internal and external expectations, and prevent feature creep.

You will also benefit from the practical, hands-on advice in the various case studies, including:

•  Organisational clock speed wins at Stanlib: Sean Hederman, development manager, Stanlib
•  A collaborative approach to quality in the agile enterprise: Jaco Viljoen, principal consultant, IndigoCube

Following the conference is a ground breaking half-day workshop entitled Vision: making a good team great - where you will receive deep insights into how to develop a product and a project vision.

Should you wish to take advantage of your special discount, please contact Lerato Mathize at ITWeb on (011) 8073294 or lerato@itweb.co.za and quote this code: SDM2015-30JCSE.

We do hope you will be able to join us and learn how to adjust your management style to reflect your chosen software development life cycle.

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 08:00 to Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 13:00
Practical Software Project Estimation via Functional Sizing

This seminar discusses the measurement of software projects and in particular how to size business requirements using Function Point Analysis. It then describes how benchmarks are used to derive reliable cost, effort and duration scenarios for planned projects and how proposal tabled by vendors and in-house teams can be reviewed in terms of viability.

SPEAKER

Bram Meyerson:  Bram Meyerson is the founder and CEO of QuantiMetrics.
For the past two decades, Bram has managed and delivered a range of assessment, benchmarking and estimation services. In this role, Bram has worked closely with CIOs, IS directors and systems development managers in assessing, benchmarking and optimising their project performance. Currently much of this activity involves the ongoing independent assessment and benchmarking of supplier (outsourced) performance on behalf of IT user organisations.
Bram has coordinated business operations benchmarking activities in the Investment Management  and Life Insurance Industries. This service has spanned over a dozen blue chip financial services groups where Bram has worked closely with their COOs and other business executives in measuring and assessing the outcomes of their operational strategies.

Registrations: http://www.quicket.co.za/events/6333-practical-software-project-estimation-via-functional-sizing/

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 18:00 to 20:00
Agile Africa Conference 2014

The Agile Africa Conference was launched in 2013 with a very successful 2-day event held in Braamfontein Johannesburg. Keynote Speakers included Martin Fowler and Ivar Jacobson. We are pleased to announce Agile Africa 2014. It will take place on 11 and 12 August 2014 at the Parktonian Hotel in Braamfontein.

The “Agile Africa” Conference aims to showcase Agile software development within an African context. Our theme this year is reviewing the impact of agile development Practitioners, executives and academics in Africa will have an opportunity to interact with prominent international Agile experts. They will also share their own experiences and ideas with their peers from other parts of Africa.

Don't miss Agile Africa 2014.

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 08:30 to Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 17:00
Breaking through the System Development Performance Barrier

BRIEF DESCRIPTION

Join international software expert Alan Willett and SA’s 2013 IT Personality of the Year, Prof Barry Dwolatzky, for an experience that will change how you think about software development. This 3 day workshop will give you the key things you need to do to improve your software development culture and thus its performance.

Our goal is to provide you with the key levers you will need to reduce your personal work-load, while raising the bar of excellence on your organisation’s software projects.

We will give you an executive level understanding of the underlying laws of software development, and the key ones that most leaders are not aware of.  

We will supercharge that understanding with pragmatic examples and working sessions focused on your specific needs.

The experience of this workshop will give you the “magic wand” you need to make dramatic leaps in performance that will power your business.

AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS 

The Executive Sessions

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 8:30 -12:00 will be focused on what the senior executive needs to know. This will be a fast-paced, content-rich experience that provides senior executives with the key factors they need to appreciate. It provides a good overview of the whole workshop.  This will include an explanation of the four critical factors that reduce the speed and efficiency of system and software development. It is essential that every executive understands these key factors.

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 15:00 –17:00 The senior executives are welcomed back for the workshop conclusion on Thursday afternoon for a report-back on the whole workshop experience. We review the key lessons that are going to be applied immediately and the other key content which the executives need to know.

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 17:00 – 19:00 Cocktail Meet and Greet.  This session is immediately following the workshop. Everyone will have a great time with fine food and drink and great stories.  Discuss key issues with executives, the experts, and practitioners who are in action on implementing these best of breed practices.

The Detailed Sessions 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 13:00 – 17:00; Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 8:30 – 17:00; Thursday, 24 July 2014, 8:30 – 15:00:  Detailed work sessions where senior management and experts learn about the key issues they need to appreciate to uplift performance in the organization.  The topics we cover will include the following.

The economics of quality – a huge lever for increasing speed.

The Hidden Costs of Technical Debt that You Keep Paying and how to change the rules.

The leadership rules for starting projects with a foundation geared for success.

The Rock and Roll Beat Teams Need to Run Well and Fast

Time Keeps Slipping Into The Future.  The Challenge of Juggling Priorities and the Need for Focus in Software Development.

Evolution and Revolution. Going beyond methodologies (such as AGILE) to the key principles. How do you quickly adapt and evolve for sustained performance improvement.

Freedom and responsibility. Leaders software developers and other knowledge workers to the highest level of learning and performance.

 

WORKSHOP LEADERS

Barry Dwolatzky is Professor of Software Engineering at Wits University and is Director of the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) at Wits.  He has been actively involved in software development projects in South Africa and the UK for close to 40 years.  He has also educated generations of software engineers.  In 2013 he was co-winner of the prestigious “South African IT Personality of the Year” Award in recognition of his contribution to growth and development of the South African ICT Sector.

Alan Willett is the paradigm shifter, an international expert that provides strategic thinking and tactical implementation to dramatically improve business results. He specializes in software development companies. Alan worked for 10 years in the world renowned Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University USA with the “father of Software Quality”, Watts Humphrey. Alan has consulted around the world including USA, England, Ireland, Portugal, Mexico, India, China and South Africa. He has consulted at over 100 companies including Microsoft, Oracle, Intuit, Nedbank, and many others.

John Goble is one of the first PSP Certified software developers and TSP Certified Coaches in South Africa. He is also an accredited trainer with the Software Engineering Institute in the USA. John has solid experience in all aspects of the Software Development Cycle.

DATES AND PRICE

Option 1:   The executive sessions.   This includes Tuesday AM and lunch and Thursday afternoon with the cocktail hour.  

Option 2:  This option includes the executive sessions plus all the detailed sessions. 

Option 3:   This option includes the executive sessions, all the detailed sessions and a special offer from the experts at WITS. John Goble with the support of Barry Dwolatzky and Alan Willett will come onsite to your company and conduct a two day diagnostic. He will look at your data, review process documents, software artifacts and conduct interviews with key stakeholders. Based on this experience a summary report will be prepared along with key recommendations for your next steps.

This workshop experience is limited to 30 participants. 

Investment Fees

Option 1:   6,500 Rands

Option 2:  12,000 Rands  Incentive:  if two people from the same company sign up for option 2, then two executives receive free invitations to the Executive Sessions.

Options 3: 28,000 Rands

Early Bird Incentive.  The first 10 registrants are invited to a join the workshop leaders for supper on Monday night at The Grillhouse Steak Restaurant in Rosebank.  Personally meet the experts and enjoy a great meal at no extra charge.

 

Registrationshttp://www.quicket.co.za/events/4784-breaking-through-the-system-develop...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 08:30 to Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 19:00
Data and Analytics (D&A)

All businesses need faster access to more information in order to remain competitive.  The proliferation of internet connectivity, social media and “the internet of things” means that businesses now have the ability to gather vast amounts of data on customers, suppliers and business operations.  However, because of the vast amount of data potentially available, one needs to be able to mine that data and produce meaningful intelligence. This empowers executives, managers and even staff on the "shop floor" to make faster, more informed decisions.

Data and analytics is the business of gathering, organising and analysing data. It’s an iterative process of discovery that enables businesses to understand market trends and behaviours.  This topic will introduce the concept of data and analytics and will explore how some organisations, small and large, are using data and analytics to their advantage.

Co-speaker 1:

Suven Moodley

Bio:

Suven is an independent management consultant working in the IT industry for 8 years.  He has a passion for big data initiatives and business intelligence and currently manages the enterprise data management portfolio for Sun International.  His current portfolio includes programs and projects covering business intelligence, data warehousing, master data management and data governance.

 

Co-speaker 2:

Mayank Naik

Bio:

Mayank is an IT advisor and engagement manager at KPMG. His client portfolio includes multiple South African blue-chip companies and he is responsible for engagement delivery and management. He is an active participant within the Tech In Braam community where he is involved in knowledge and development initiatives. He believes that Johannesburg is closely reaching the pinnacle of a major technology paradigm shift – “if you’d like to be a part of these radical times, keep your eyes and ears close to Tech In Braam”.

Registrations: http://www.quicket.co.za/events/5494-data-and-analytics-da/

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 18:00 to 20:00
So What is "Agile Software Development"?

SO WHAT IS "AGILE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT"?

When asked about which methodology they use, many software developers would answer "Agile". What, exactly, does this mean? In this talk - aimed at non-experts - the ideas behind "Agile" development will be unpacked for all those who have been "too afraid to ask".

SPEAKER

Barry Dwolatzky - Joint winner of the prestigious "South African IT Personality of the Year" Award in 2013, Prof Barry Dwolatzky is Head of Software Engineering at Wits University and a Director of the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE). He has worked for over 35 years in the software industry in South Africa and the UK, and has trained generations of software engineers. Over the past two years he has been the driving force behind establishing a major Digital Technology Hub in Braamfontein Johannesburg, called the "Tshimologong Precinct".

Registration: http://www.quicket.co.za/events/4725-so-what-is-agile-software-development/

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 18:00 to 20:00
Tax Incentives for R&D

TAX INCENTIVES FOR R&D

Outlining the refinements to the research and development (R&D) incentive, contained in the Income Tax Act in relation to software development.

Revisiting the applicability of tax incentives to software development in South Africa

Assessing the viability of the various alternative cash incentives available for innovation based IT companies.

SPEAKER

Dov Paluk - Dov founded Catalyst Research Solutions as he is passionate about innovation and South Africa's move to a knowledge based economy.

Through a background in Law and IT, Dov has international consulting experience and has worked with many of South Africa's largest corporates.

Dov has intricate knowledge of the relevant incentive legislation, its requirements and how companies can maximise the return on investment of their R&D through incentives. 

Through his relationship with both SARS and the Department of Science and Technology, Dov has been heavily involved with the development of the new R&D Tax Incentive and is a trusted partner and adviser to clients and industry bodies across a spectrum of industries. 

Dov has an MBA (Cum Laude) from GIBS in South Africa, is a registered tax practitioner and is a member of the SA Institute of Tax Practitioners.

Registration: http://www.quicket.co.za/events/4717-software-developers-benefiting-from...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 18:00 to 20:00
So What Is "The Internet of Things"?

SO WHAT IS "THE INTERNET of THINGS"

The concept of the "Internet of Things" (IoT) is a scenario in which animate and inanimate objects are equipped with the ability to collect and exchange data over a netwrok without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. 

A "thing", in the Internet of Things, can be a person with a heart monitor implant, a farm animal with a biochip transponder, a vehicle with built-in sensors to alert the driver when tyre pressure is low -- or any other natural or man-made object taht can be assigned an IP address and provided with the ability to transfer data over a network.

This talk will describe the challenges and opportunities that are emerging as the IoT becomes a reality. Work being done in South Africa on the IoT will be discussed.

SPEAKER

Dr Louis Coetzee - Dr Coetzee is a CSIR Chief Engineer and research group leader for the Internet of Things in the CSIR Meraka Institute. His focus has been on the implemantation of large and complex software systems for accesibility, inclusion, multi-modal and intelligent environments. During the last three years, his focus has shifted to the creation of smarter solutions applied to resources, assets and environment using the Internet of Things fundamentals. His R&D&I activities have lead to the creation of several frameworks for the creation of solutions that integrate the physical and digital worlds in a connected Future Internet paradigm. He has published on the possibilities of smarter worlds using Internet of Things as enabler. His background in image processing, pattern recognition, and distributed processing contributes in the creation of smarter systems.

Registration: http://www.quicket.co.za/events/4724-so-what-is-the-internet-of-things/

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 18:00 to 20:00
POPI: What you need to know

POPI: What you need to know

The "Protection of Personal Information" (POPI) Act has been signed into law. When it comes into force it will place stringent responsibilities - backed up by severe penalties (including prison sentences) - on those responsible for managing personal information. The Act will apply to any information regarding clients or suppliers, including contact details and correspondence. Human resources and payroll data, curricula vitae, applications for employment, CCTV records, performance reviews and internal e-mail records are also subject to POPI's requirements.

This talk will cover the following points:

  • POPI: The current status.
  • Who are the key roleplayers in POPI?
  • What concepts do you neeed to understand when it comes to POPI?
  • An overview of POPI's information protection principles.
  • Direct marketing: POPI and other legislation.
  • What can you do to prepare for POPI?

 

SPEAKER

Danie Strachan - Danie Strachan is a partner at Adams & Adams, a leading law firm in South Africa. Adams & Adams has the largest intellectual property law practice in that country, supported by a strong corporate and commercial practice. Danie specialises in commercial and regulatory law. He is particularly interested in consumer protection,  promotions and marketing law, data protection and the commercialisation of intellectual property. He is a frequent speaker at seminars and in-house training events. His articles on current legal topics have appeared in a variety of South African publications and he has been interviewed on a number of local radio stations. 

Danie is an admitted attorney, notary public and qualified trade mark practitioner. He obtained his LLB degree (cum laude) from the University of Pretoria. He is a fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property law and a member of the Licensing Executives Society. He is listed for franchising in Who's Who Legal.

Registration: http://www.quicket.co.za/events/4726-the-popi-act/

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 18:00 to 20:00
Introduction to Functional Programming - Andreas Pauley

Functional Programming has received increased attention in recent years.

Some people claim that it provides important benefits to programming, but it seems somewhat inaccessible. You have to navigate through lots of academic examples that might only make sense to a professor in mathematics.

In this presentation I try to present some of the essential ideas behind functional programming, with simple examples first in Python and then in Haskell.

What do you need to know in order to enjoy this talk?

I have made some of the following assumptions about the kind of developer who will benefit from this talk:

  • You are a programmer using any programming language
  • You can read Python examples (it's way shorter on slides than C# or Java)
  • You are interested enough in improving your code that you are willing to challenge some common assumptions.

Andreas is the founder of Lambda Luminaries, a functional programming user group that was started in 2011. He recently started using Scala in his day job. Before that he programmed in Erlang, Smalltalk and Python (among others). You can find him on Twitter @apauley

Monday, February 17, 2014 - 18:30 to 20:30
Hello Computer Hackathon

Hellocomputer http://www.hellocomputer.com/, a digital advertising agency, will be hosting a hackathon in conjunction with Wits Digital Arts and the JCSE on Saturday the 7th of December from 9am at 47 Juta Str, Braamfontein.

The goal is to combine advertising creatives with tech minds eg. web developers, programmers, makers, tinkerers, so that the product is a creative use of tech eg. a tweeting hamster; http://vimeo.com/62428175 (the result is both technically feasible, but also quite fun).

For this hackathon the theme is Hack for Holidays, which means you could hack anything from a Xmas tree to a bikini that comes loose with a clap of hands eg. http://vimeo.com/19777275#at=0.

We will be having an ideation session on Tuesday night at the agency in Sandton, 164 Katherine Street, Sandton (just off Grayston offramp), but this is optional.  The actual hackathon starts on Saturday at 9am.

 

Please contact Kerry Friend on 083 353 2625 or email kerry.friend@hellocomputer.com if there are any questions.

Or Nathan Gates on 072 782 7498.

 

And also some previous video reference.

One of our hacks: http://vimeo.com/66054818

A visual summary of our most recent hackathon: http://vimeo.com/66397155

First video invite (sets the hacker tone, fun and more fun): http://vimeo.com/51443579

Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 09:00 to 21:00
November 2013 Architecture Forum

Martin Cronjé will be speaking on 'How much Architecture do we need and when do we need it?'

Not all organisations and projects are the same and one cannot simply apply a one-size-fits all approach to architecture artefacts. This session will cover how principles like Just-barely-good-enough, Just-in-time and Last responsible moment apply Enterprise and Solutions Architecture.

 

Martin Cronjé is a software engineering coach and consultant with more than 15 years experience.In recent years he has spent most of his time mentoring and coaching software teams to improve their delivery efficiency, quality or overall excellence. He has also consulted to- and coached numerous development managers, CIO's en CEO's in companies with a heavy reliance on software systems.

Martin has worked mostly on enterprise projects where he focussed his efforts on high volume mission critical solutions in the Financial Services and Government sectors on projects that directly affected the South African Economy and Democracy. He has an immense passion for software engineering and focuses his energy on the delivery of fit for purpose solutions whilst spending every effort to teach and empower those around him.

Monday, November 18, 2013 - 18:30 to 20:30
Personal Software Process (PSP) Advanced

This course teaches software engineers to optimize their process performance by:

  • applying sound design engineering and verification techniques
  • using a defined estimating process called PROxy-Based Estimating (PROBE) to estimate size and effort
  • tracking and prediction using earned value
  • demonstrating various quality techniques for improving the software process, product and programmer productivity
  • recognizing quality problems and knowing how to fix them
  • use of statistical methods to understand and improve planning and quality performance
  • showing how measures can be combined to provide useful data for future project plans, provide information on process effectiveness, and process improvements
Monday, November 11, 2013 - 08:00 to Friday, November 15, 2013 - 17:00
Personal Software Process (PSP) Fundamentals

This five-day course teaches software engineers the principles, concepts, and benefits of the PSP, a process-based approach for developing software. Students who complete the course will be able to apply the PSP methods to their own personal work process and participate on a Team Software Process (TSP) team. Students learn how to measure and analyze their personal software process, use process data to improve their personal performance, and apply PSP methods to other structured tasks

Monday, November 4, 2013 - 08:00 to Friday, November 8, 2013 - 17:00
Acquisition Supplement for CMMI for Development V1.3

This CMMI model focuses on acquirer processes and contains best practices that address activities for initiating and managing the acquisition of products and services that meet the needs of the customer. Types of acquisitions that benefit from using CMMI-ACQ include government acquisition, supply chain management, procurement, and outsourcing.

The course is composed of lectures and class exercises with ample opportunity for student questions and discussions. After attending the course, students will be able to describe the CMMI-ACQ model, discuss the model’s process areas, and locate relevant information in the model.

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 08:00
Services Supplement for CMMI for Development V1.3

The CMMI for Services (CMMI-SVC) model defines effective practices that ensure quality services are delivered to customers and end users. Some types of services that would benefit from using CMMI-SVC include operations, logistics, maintenance, IT, and many other services in government and industry. The course is composed of lectures and class exercises with ample opportunity for participant questions and discussions. After attending the course, participants will be able to describe the CMMI-SVC model, discuss the model’s process areas, and locate relevant information in the model.

This course, combined with the Introduction to CMMI for Development, fulfills the prerequisite for any course or role requiring an official introductory CMMI for Services course. It is designed for professionals who have already taken Introduction to CMMI for Development. The three-day Introduction to CMMI for Services is recommended for those who have not yet taken an introductory course.

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 08:00
Leading a Development Team

Quality is not achieved by accident. Quality must be planned for and tracked to ensure project goals are achieved. This course provides examples of practical leading and lagging quality indicators, which leaders can use in guiding their decisions. By controlling quality, schedule and budgets become more predictable. The relationship between quality and its impact on cost and schedule is also discussed, along with quantitative techniques used to manage them. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 08:00 to Friday, November 1, 2013 - 17:00
October Agile Forum

Danie Roux will be talking on the Theory of Constraints and Throughput Thinking.

More details to come soon!

Monday, October 28, 2013 - 18:30 to 20:30
Introduction to CMMI for Development V1.3

The course is composed of lectures and class exercises with ample opportunity for participant questions and discussions. After attending the course, participants will be able to describe the components of the CMMI-DEV model and their relationships, discuss the process areas in the CMMI-DEV model, and locate relevant information in the model.

Monday, October 28, 2013 - 08:00 to Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 17:00
Introduction to People CMM

The People CMM is a framework that organizations can use to attract, motivate, and retain talented technical staff. The practices in the model help an organization be an employer of choice and ensure that the staff has the competencies and capabilities to achieve an organization’s current and future business objectives.

The course is composed of lectures and class exercises with ample opportunity for participant questions and discussions. After attending the course, participants will be able to understand the practices described in the People CMM Version 2 Framework and how these practices can be used to improve the workforce management capabilities of their organization. Participants will also be able to describe an organization’s ability to develop and evolve its workforce at each maturity level.

Monday, October 21, 2013 - 08:00 to Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 17:00
Personal Software Process (PSP) Fundamentals

This five-day course teaches software engineers the principles, concepts, and benefits of the PSP, a process-based approach for developing software. Students who complete the course will be able to apply the PSP methods to their own personal work process and participate on a Team Software Process (TSP) team. Students learn how to measure and analyze their personal software process, use process data to improve their personal performance, and apply PSP methods to other structured tasks

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 08:00 to Friday, October 18, 2013 - 17:00
Acquisition Supplement for CMMI for Development V1.3

This CMMI model focuses on acquirer processes and contains best practices that address activities for initiating and managing the acquisition of products and services that meet the needs of the customer. Types of acquisitions that benefit from using CMMI-ACQ include government acquisition, supply chain management, procurement, and outsourcing.

The course is composed of lectures and class exercises with ample opportunity for student questions and discussions. After attending the course, students will be able to describe the CMMI-ACQ model, discuss the model’s process areas, and locate relevant information in the model.

Friday, October 11, 2013 - 08:00
Services Supplement for CMMI for Development V1.3

Some types of services that would benefit from using CMMI-SVC include operations, logistics, maintenance, IT, and many other services in government and industry. The course is composed of lectures and class exercises with ample opportunity for participant questions and discussions. After attending the course, participants will be able to describe the CMMI-SVC model, discuss the model’s process areas, and locate relevant information in the model.

This course, combined with the Introduction to CMMI for Development, fulfills the prerequisite for any course or role requiring an official introductory CMMI for Services course. It is designed for professionals who have already taken Introduction to CMMI for Development. The three-day Introduction to CMMI for Services is recommended for those who have not yet taken an introductory course.

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 08:00
October Video Evening

A wealth of high quality and fascinating educational material is available as video downloads from the Internet. Sites such as TED Talks and Google Tech Talks feature the world’s leading technical speakers covering a range of interesting topics. While we can all watch these alone, it is often more fun and more rewarding to watch in a group. The real learning happens in discussions with others after watching the video.

Two or three video talks on a specific theme will be screened at each sessions. Experts will be on hand to facilitate discussions after the screenings.

The topics for this evening will be announced soon!

Monday, October 7, 2013 - 18:30 to 20:30
Introduction to CMMI for Development V1.3

The course is composed of lectures and class exercises with ample opportunity for participant questions and discussions. After attending the course, participants will be able to describe the components of the CMMI-DEV model and their relationships, discuss the process areas in the CMMI-DEV model, and locate relevant information in the model.

Monday, October 7, 2013 - 08:00 to Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 17:00
Introduction to People CMM (30 Sep 2013- 2 Oct 2013)

The People CMM is a framework that organizations can use to attract, motivate, and retain talented technical staff. The practices in the model help an organization be an employer of choice and ensure that the staff has the competencies and capabilities to achieve an organization’s current and future business objectives.

The course is composed of lectures and class exercises with ample opportunity for participant questions and discussions. After attending the course, participants will be able to understand the practices described in the People CMM Version 2 Framework and how these practices can be used to improve the workforce management capabilities of their organization. Participants will also be able to describe an organization’s ability to develop and evolve its workforce at each maturity level.

Monday, September 30, 2013 - 08:00 to Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 17:00
JCSE Architecture Forum - September 2013 - The Cohesion Framework

Stewart Gebbie, MSc, will introduce his Cohesion Framework: a Java based framework for the implementation of event driven systems. For example, it is currently used within the tele- communications industry as the basis for a distributed sensor network, and is being used to simulate and develop new VOIP services.

Monday, September 16, 2013 - 18:30 to 20:30