Finally – the programme for the first Open Change Conference is complete !

One might be forgiven to think that the build-up towards a community for open change is slow. Yes, definitely, it is slow from my perspective. However, the rate of change is not determined by the actions and blood pressure levels of the change agents, but by the speed at which the target – be it an organisation or be it society – can absorb that change without too great a risk.

So, two years later and with the feedback from number of events addressing the open change theme – among others – we  now have the 2011 conference on “The Software Competence for the Future”. Its programme shows that the conference will be mainly in German and with a significant automotive contents. This is not much of a surprise given the location – and the change community has to start somewhere! The objectives of the conference are described in English in the call for papers. I will write here about the conference (in English).

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About Hans-Jürgen

I am Chief Scientist of Kugler Maag Cie GmbH, an independent, international consulting company, specialising in the improvement of business and product development processes – from analysis, consultancy, and operative implementation to training and coaching. Most customers work in the context of emerging critical systems, such as automotive and transport. These require leading edge techniques to be deployed and organizational readiness for future challenges to be established. I have 35 years of experience in the software determined systems sector. As adjunct Professor, University of Limerick, I was Industry Director of Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre, which I helped to establish. Previously I was a lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, a director of software product and services companies, and Technical Director of the European Software Institute. I was involved in the design of means for industry-wide competence development in the automotive sector, and I conducted the first independent organizational software development capability assessment in the automotive industry in Germany. In my opinion the key competitive factor of the future will be a personal and organisational ability to embrace rapid change of the ecosystem and to proactively and continuously implement sustainable change. I have an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Dortmund and an M.A. of Trinity College Dublin. In 1986 I was awarded the IFIP Silver Core.
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