Previous delegate reactions
Delegates scored April's event 10.0 for Intention to Recommend and one delegate subsequently wrote "one of the most valuable one-day courses I've ever attended".
Who is it for?
The primary audience is people who will soon start (or are part-way through) a project to investigate off-the-shelf software products (COTS software). You will be a senior manager who sponsors the initiative, a programme manager or business analyst who leads it, a staff member who contributes to the selection or an advisor who supports it. You might be an evaluation team member, representing either the IT function or a business area affected by the eventual implementation.
Alternatively, you will be an IT supplier whose software product sells via customer evaluation projects, so you want process information to benefit your responses.
What is it?
A chance to learn a proven, systematic and rigorous approach to evaluating, selecting and procuring a solution. This normally comprises packaged software and services. The software may be installed on-premise, hosted or cloud-based.
For most business and public sector organisations, there are areas where developing ‘bespoke’ or specially-written software is out of the question. In these areas, selecting an off-the-shelf solution is now the only realistic way to access enhanced software capabilities. Such projects are common but high risk, and damaging when they don’t deliver (which is also common). For years afterwards (perhaps as long as a decade), your organisation will benefit from a good choice or suffer the consequences of a poor one. This means you don’t want the project process to be a voyage of discovery by trial-and-error. This selection approach or ‘method’ contains effective techniques that reinforce each other within a robust framework.
We cover all stages of the method, by a mixture of presentation, discussion and exercises. We use a case study company to provide examples adapted from real projects.
What will we cover?
Workshop introduction | Method overview | The collaborative approach | Requirements analysis and documentation | Weighting | Trawling the marketplace | Assessing longlist candidates using the RFI | Detailed evaluation | Scoring fit | Demonstrations | Reference sites | Negotiation and contracts | Concluding
What is included?
All session materials, including any new resources to answer delegate questions | Coffee, tea and lunch | Some essential time set aside to concentrate on this decision | Motivation, method and technical support while you work | A 15-minute follow-up telephone call with Q&A to progress your project.
What guarantees do you give?
This session uses a powerful approach that is already proven. If the session proves not to be excellent value for you, please let us know before lunchtime. If you leave then, we will return your session fee the next working day, without quibble. Give us your views on how we can improve.
Contact us if you have questions about the workshop. Ring Martin on 07885 491197, or use the 'Contact the Organiser' link. Or book a place and we will send the pre-workshop papers, so you can tell us what you are looking to get out of the workshop. See you there.
How do I get there?
The workshop profile has a map. We normally use the BCS London office, in which case you can also download directions at bcs.org/upload/pdf/london-office-guide.pdf. Or use your favourite travel app (ours is at citymapper.com) to get to:
1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA.
Look for the ornate clock above the street door.
The building does not have its own parking but there are car parks nearby. We recommend public transport.
Is my registration transferrable? Can I switch delegates? Can I update my registration information? Does it matter if the attendee doesn't match the name on the registration?
Yes, we want your organisation to have somebody there, so you can switch the delegate or change your details, any time up to the day before the workshop. Please use the ‘Contact the Organizer’ button to send us changes to the name, job title or organisation as soon as possible. We will update the delegate list and name badge provided we have some notice. If you are a very late substitute, perhaps on the day, you might end up with a hand-written name badge!
Do I have to bring my ticket to the event?
It speeds things up if we can scan your ticket (on paper or your phone screen), but if you are expected on the delegate list we will welcome you. It's a small, friendly event.
Can I switch my registration to a different event?
If you cannot attend and your organisation cannot put forward another delegate, contact us. We can transfer your registration to a later presentation of the workshop, if one is scheduled, or hold the registration until one is.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Delegates must be over 16. You don’t need to bring ID, but please make sure we have your name, job title and organisation for the delegate list.
What can and can't I bring to the event?
No cameras, videos or recording equipment, please.
Is this workshop actually run by the BCS?
No. BCS published the book, usually provide the venue and are happy to publicise the workshop. However, they don't deliver it. Martin Tate of Decision Evaluation runs the workshop and is responsible for both the underlying selection method and the workshop materials.
Does the workshop include a copy of the book?
We thought you'd ask that. Because some people discover the workshop after buying the book, we thought a free book would disappoint them. So we give you a choice. Workshop delegates can buy a maximum of three copies at 20% discount, or receive an additional 15 minutes on the follow-up telephone call.
Do you also run this workshop in-house?
Yes. This may suit you if you have several attendees, such as your newly-formed evaluation team. Or if your project is sensitive and you cannot freely discuss it on a public workshop. In-house places are normally discounted, if you provide the venue.
Can I get a refund if I’m not happy with the workshop?
Yes, provided you leave at or before lunchtime, return the workshop materials, and follow up to tell us how we can improve the workshop or ourselves.
Is follow-up support available?
Yes. Before or after the course, you are welcome to use our Burst of Expertise service.