The University of Aberdeen
Computing Science

Bruce Scharlau

Dr. Bruce Scharlau

Senior Lecturer (Scholarship)

Meston Building, Room 225,
University of Aberdeen,
Aberdeen AB24 3UE
Phone: +44 1224 272193
Fax: +44 1224 273422

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I'm a Senior Lecturer on the 'Scholarship' track in Computing Science at the University of Aberdeen, where I'm mainly teaching programming, enterprise computing topics, service design approaches, and entrepreneurship ideas to students, in addition to software project development concepts from agile approaches. Before joining the department in 2001 I was a self-employed developer mainly building Java driven websites. I obtained my MSc in Applied Computing at Dundee University in 2000. I obtained my Ph.D in International Relations from St. Andrews University in 1992. I received my B.A in International Relations and German at the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota, USA in 1986.

I'm interested in helping people build better software and look for collaborative opportunities via honours projects and with the Aberdeen Software Factory. I also explore how to bring students from both universities in Aberdeen together to develop projects with Aberdeen City Councnil as part of the Aberdeen CityLab project. All of this activity is also underpinned by the teaching done on software project management using agile, lean and service design approaches, and which underpined our software entrepreneurship masters degree.

I look to engineer collisions between real world businesses and computing science students at the University of Aberdeen because experience plus theory trumps theory on its own, especially if this can be done in an entrepreneurial manner.

StrategicPlay Lego Serious Play Facilitator

I was trained by StrategicPlay in February 2012 to facilitate Lego Serious Play workshops

CoCreACT Facilitator

I was trained by StrategicPlay in May 2015 to facilitate CoCreACT workshops

Level 3 ILM Coach

I was trained by the University of Aberdeen and University of St Andrews as a Level 3 cacoh as acredited by the ILM.

Fellow HEA

I was accepted as Fellow in the Higher Education Academy in April 2012.

Speaker and participant at

Lean Agile Scotland
Lean Agile Scotland in Edinburgh each year. Where I've run workshops (2013) and been a speaker (2015).

Scottish Ruby Conference

Scottish Ruby Conference

Agile Lean Europe

Agile Lean Europe (ALE) unconference ALE2011 in Berlin and ALE2012 in Barcelona

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Higher Education Academy STEM Annual Learning and Teaching Conference  2013  and 2014 where I've run identity building workshops with StrategicPlay methods using Lego Serious Play, and reported on university student run sofware houses.


Play4Agile Unconference in Rueckersbach 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 where I've participated and organised sessions each year, and co- led the open space and event retrospectives.This is the place to learn the use of games in teaching and coaching.

Organiser of events


I am a trustee for CodeTheCity along with with Steven Milne, Ian Watt, and Andrew Sage. Together we run regular civic, co-design hack events across Scotland. CodeTheCity was also the first ODI Node in Scotland.

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I co-organise the Aberdeen leg of the Global Service Jam with Steven Milne an annual weekend service design event each February/March.

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I co-organise with Steven Milne the annual Northern Lights one-day tech conference in Aberdeen, which provides a one-day enthusiasm booster shot for geeks of all creeds that inspires us to better ourselves and our communities.

Tech Meetup

I co-organise with Tom Jones the montly Techmeetup Aberdeen as featured in Wired' Infographic the monthly meetup of tech oriented developers, entrepreneurs, small business folks and academics (both staff and students).