The University of Aberdeen
Computing Science

Research and Presentations


My interests are in teaching computing science, entrepreneurship and in organising student run software houses such as the Aberdeen Software Factory. I am interested in agile and lean application development using service design approaches and using physical games for teaching.

Co-Curricular Activities Enhance Degrees - What else is on offer at University of Aberdeen during your degree

Current work is tied to honours and MSc projects.

You will also find regular contributions from me in the 'What are you reading' section of the Times Higher Education weekly magazine.


Asking over Telling: Using Humble Enquiry to Build Trust and do Great Work workshop with Ellen Grove at Agile2017, Orlando, Florida, 9 Aug 2017, Agile2017

Use Lego Serious Play for Shared Understanding at Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 29-30 June 2017

Create a CityLab to Enhance Citizenship at Horizons in STEM Higher Education Confereence, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 29-30 June 2017

Games 4 Learning at Horizons for STEM Higher Education Conference, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 29-30 June 2017

Build a Better You Through Failure Workshop (BCS page) and you can also grab the worksheet too if you like. BSC Software Practitioners' Association Conference 26-28 June, 2017, BCS Headquarters, London.

Fully Present: Exploring the Psychology of Mindfulness thru Practice Workshop with Portia Tung at BSC Software Practitioners' Association Conference 26-28 June, 2017, BCS Headquarters, London.

CityLab Student Visions with Interdisciplinary & Inter-institutional Cooperation, 3rd International Enhancement in Higher Education Conference, June 2017

Aberdeen CityLab! Where the City is the Classroom, Moving On, Moving Up, Annual Academic Development Symposium, University of Aberdeen, April 2017.

Create a CityLab to Build a Better City Through Your Students discussion, Gearing Up at the University of Edinburgh, March 2017

Humble Enquiry Workshop with Ellen Grove presented at Lean Agile Scotland, 5-7 October, 2016.

Create a CityLab to Build a Better City Through Your Students (slides) presented with Jon Pengelly from RGU at the QAA Scotland Enhancement Theme conference in Edinburgh on 9 June 2016.

Build a Better You Through Failure, presented at Lean Agile Scotland, Edinburgh, 7-9 October, 2015.

The Three Amigos” in Coneeect Handbook Volume 1, 2015, 40-42.

'Songs are the tapping of keys: Coding events for Kids' by Scharlau, Bruce, Beacham Nigel, and Carter, Janet presented at the IFIP TC3 Working Conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, 1-3 July, 2015. Proceeding papers (including paper for the presentation).

Service Design, Agile and Lean Startup by Simon Gough, Markus Edgar Hormess, Adam St. John Lawrence, Bruce Scharlau in Touchpoint Vol 6, No. 3 (December 2014), 48-53.

What did you do in the revolution? Lightning talk on helping kids learn to code at Scottish Ruby Conference, Crieff, 12-13 May, 2014.

Student-Run Software Houses paper (pecha kucha slides) presented HEA STEM conference, Edinburgh, 30 April-1 May, 2014

Using StrategicPlay with Lego Serious Play in Team Building at HEA Social Sciences 'New Approaches to Business and Management Students' Experiential Development for the Workplace' at Aston Business School, Birminghm, 2 April 2014

Student-Run Software Houses workshop using StrategicPlay Lego Serious Play and World Cafe at London Met University, 12 March 2014

Agile Games Workshops at Lean Agile Scotland in Edinburgh, September 2013

Games for Teaching Software Development presenented at ITiCSE 2013 in Cantebury, 1-3 July, 2013

StragegicPlay Workshop using Lego Serious Play for Team Building at HEA STEM conference in Birminghm, 17 -18 April, 2013.

Agile in the University Classroom presented at ALE2012 Unconference in Barcelona, 29-31 August, 2012

Agile at the University presented at HEA STEM (Computing) workshop: Teaching Agile Software Development, University of Central Lancashire, 24 May, 2012.

Move to Agile Projects for Better Throughput presented to Logica staff at Shell Expro in Aberdeen, 10 May, 2012

Agile at the University presented at ALE2011 Unconference in Berlin, 7-9 September 2011

Agile Games for Software Development presented at 12th Annual ICS HEA Annual Conference, University of Ulster, Belfast, 23-25 August, 2011

Fred goes Agile via Lean, Aberdeen Tech Meetup, 17 August 2011

Why study CS as second degree, Aberdeen March 2011

Why Mobile Matters at Mighty Meetup, Aberdeen, 15 February 2011

Playing with Clouds: Making Web Application Assessments More Realistic presented at 11th Annual ICS HEA Annual Conference, Durham University, 24-26 August, 2010.

Playing with Clouds: Student directed coursework in Computing presented at 'Student voice in curriculum design' for sparqs in Edinburgh, 28 April 2010.

Failure Demand for the Aberdeen TechMeetup (April 2010)

Teaching Ruby (pdf) for the Scottish Ruby Confererence (March 2010) in Edinburgh

Computing Science Mobile Computing Schools Roadshow (slides) presented to schools in August 2009

Agile and Evo Industrial Group Projects poster, ICS HEA Annual Conference in Kent, August 2009.

E-book thoughts for Word 09 panel on 'the e-book: the word of the future?'

Cannelloni beats Spaghetti for Scotland on Rails 2009 conference watch video and the Mobile Web for Rails

RESTful Assessments from BarCamp Scotland 2008 in February 2008 Why Study CS presentation about why you should want to study computing science

Teaching Ruby on Rails presented at Java and Internet in Computing Curriculum conference 26 January 2007.