State of the art Solutions Design

Over the last three years, I have been fortunate enough to be one of the judges on the BCS Awards competition and I have sat on the "Infrastructure Developer of the Year" panel. The judging took place last week and while there is clearly a degree of privacy required to defend the integrity of the competition, I have been aware that BCS have tried to re-orientate the awards away from projects towards the people, but its very hard as the candidates credability to win is based on the work they've undertaken. This year's finalists, now known as medalists, seemed to me to be the strongest field I have seen, I hope this is a reflection of the increasing quality of UK solutions design.

The qualities I look for and judge against are Innovation, Complexity & Size, Benefits, Use of Methodologies and personal achievement (or ownership). Each of the finalists showed these qualities, they were an impressive group of people, who have had good years.

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