BCS testing group celebrates 21st birthday at conference

The BCS Specialist Group in Software Testing (SIGiST) is celebrating its 21st birthday this month.

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The BCS Specialist Group in Software Testing (SIGiST) is celebrating its 21st birthday this month.

The milestone will be celebrated at the group’s quarterly conference in London on 29 June. SIGiST is one of the largest specialist groups at BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT, and has 2,500 members/

The conference theme is ‘Testing then and now’, and will reflect how the industry has evolved since the group’s formation in 1989 and look towards the future of the discipline.

Speakers at the event include representatives from Grove Consultants, Logica, Sun Microsystems, Google and Microsoft, as well as independent IT professionals. There will be practical workshops and an evening networking event.

Stuart Reid, chair at SIGiST, said the conference offered “an excellent opportunity to hear about and discuss the latest information on software testing”.

“We would encourage anybody who is in software testing to come along, take part and meet some of the best-known names in the field,” he said.

In other BCS news, a row about the future of the organisation has culminated in an Emergency General Meeting to be held on 1 July. The debate started when a member said the organisation had moved away from its brief as a professional body and that members had too little say in its direction.

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