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Piers Harding

“Architecture for Participation”

Piers Harding, Senior Consultant

Catalyst IT, Wellington, New Zealand



As the SKA anticipates moving from a pre-construction phase to construction, focus is turning towards how a project on this scale can be managed efficiently, cost effectively, and successfully in an environment that will prove to be highly distributed both in terms of geography and team dispersal.

In order to achieve this, the SKA is looking increasingly towards modern project methodologies including the Agile principles of SAFe.  However, there is an opportunity to learn from the successes that come from outside the traditional lines of comparison drawn such as large scale enterprise, and existing scientific and research endeavours.  The new places to look for inspiration are the large scale open source projects such as OpenStack, Linux, Moodle, Python, Docker, GitLab where distributed participation, rigorous quality control, and routine and regular release cycles are the norm.

This talk looks at how these projects achieve their goals, and what SKA can draw from these experiences to build a successful collaborative, and enduring community project.

Wednesday 7 February 2018 – 1:50 – 2:25 – Talk

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2Y1A0179With over 30 years in Information Technology, Piers’ career includes 10 years Architecture and Development of Web Services, 20 years implementing ERP systems and an extensive Software Analysis, Design and Implementation experience.

Since 2016 Piers is leading the Systems Design for NZA Square Kilometre Array SDP-COMP Middleware solution (Science Data Processor of the SKA Computing platform).


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“The New Stack”

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

“Global mega-projects: the SKA challenges”

Thursday 8th February 2018, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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