BCS Emergency General Meeting

The BCS used to be a stuffy club full of academics and practitioners who endlessly harked back to the days when they would spend happy hours scanning punch-cards for bugs before compiling a bit of software, because it took all night to compile.

The industry has moved on. IT is now the common theme underpinning every single industry you can name. The tired argument that IT practitioners have to understand the business better to get on with their career is now so outdated… because almost every industry depends entirely on IT to function.

What is a bank these days? Just IT pushing money around the world. Education is moving online. Retail is moving online. Even mining, manufacturing, and construction rely on IT. The corner shop down the road uses IT to keep track of their inventory. There is almost no business today that can function without technology.

So how come a renegade group of BCS members are calling for the BCS to return to the past? The BCS transformation programme is designed to make the society more relevant for the 21st century technology industry – in particular the global nature of the industry.

The EGM call was a few months back, but there is now a vote taking place at present for members. If you are a BCS member, please don’t vote for a step back. If you do then I know I won’t bother renewing my membership.

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3 responses to “BCS Emergency General Meeting

  1. Mark

    In my view the EGM was called without exhausting, or exploring, the other options available: substantive debate in Council and/ or Members’ Resolution at the AGM (either Nov 09 or March 10).

    Calling an EGM without trying these steps is like using a hand grenade to crack a nut

  2. I will not be voting for a step back so I will be voting with the EGM motions. The transformation programmes lack of transparency, general loathing of members and the poor quality of the programme are all a step back. For instance you can’t even complete a transaction for a BCS book online. The member network is dead and the logo looks like the a familiar brand that helps you stop smoking. Rather than these mostly useless changes which keep the BCS behind the times let’s have a proper transformation programme, engaging all from geeks to politicians and most especially members. We need good chnage, measurable results to make the BCS relevant with much better leadership that i focussed on the org not their own glory.

  3. I quite disagree – the Society’s Charter – by which its members may become Chartered _Engineers_ – is quit clear that this is a membership society of engineering professionals.

    This so-called ‘modernization’ has turned into little more than a hacks trade-group whose only requirement for membership is that you have a checkbook and need to hide a lack of qualificaiton to be an engineer by supporting the political agenda of persons with zero engineering qualification and for whom the Society has become a personal power-base. What has any of this to do with engineering? We were chartered to be a professional engineering body, not a pressure-group or business lobbyists personal vehicle.

    Not one other Chartered Engineering body has so prostituted itself ro non-engineers this way – not one. In my view if this process is not halted and the Society re-focussed on its engineering mission, we should lose our Charter altogether and openly become what they are making us: a mere lobby group and for-profit-business.

    At least then a new body can form with a real Engineering Charter to represent those who are actually engineers, not the unqualified ‘managers’ and ‘QAs’ who’ve forced their way into the Society as ‘Associate’ members only to demand ‘elevation’ to professional ranks and diluted the engineering until it’s non-existent – only to then rob the rest of us of our professoinal engineering status.

    So go ahead – don’t renew your membership, we’d like our engineering identity back thanks!

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