Another thread I’m resurrecting
I left the BCS a couple of years ago. I had all the letters: CEng, MBCS, CITP.
The problem I have with the BCS is that it doesn’t represent the industry that I work in. The BCS were, and I presume still are, promoting process and bureaucracy, instead of developing value and agility. They endorse the very things that I see holding back innovation in the UK. The BCS is also politically impotent.
Nevertheless, there are many excellent people in the various BCS groups who do great work representing the best that UK technologists have to offer.
The BCS should be at the forefront of the various political debates regarding technology in the UK and globally. Instead, their considered position is to be absent from those debates. The BCS says that it “champions the global IT profession and the interests of individuals engaged in that profession for the benefit of all”. Does it? Does it really? Read their own stated purpose here. (For this, I see the annual fee is now £183 + £35.70 = eye-watering)
The UK needs a professional body that both represents its practitioners and engages actively in contemporary political debate. The BCS is not that body and never will be.