Lyssa-Fee Crump and Toby Parkins


Agile Teams 2016
Agile Teams

Session type: Lecture
Session level: Suitable for all

Design a Degree 2.0


A few years ago at AOTB we ran a Design a Degree session because we were constantly hearing from employers in the industry that the education system was failing to produce enough high quality IT graduates. This year we are taking it to the next level.

We want our universities to be producing graduates with the right skills to walk into a workplace. That is why we want to speak to employers, to industry professionals, to graduates and to students to find out what they think should be being covered on a computer science degree.

We are all working hard to bridge the IT skills gap and one of the ways we are doing this is by encouraging the next generation of developers to go to university. But what happens if those universities are failing them?

What happens if they graduate with out-dated skills that won’t be of help in the modern workplace?

As working professionals in the tech industry you have insider knowledge on what is needed to succeed. You know what you would skills and attributes you would want an employee to have.
We want to know what you wish you had been taught at university, what you wish you weren’t taught and how you think we could better help today’s student.

This is just the first step in a larger plan we have in place to help computer science graduates get the most out of their degrees, but we need input from experts like you.


Lyssa-Fee Crump - biography

Catalyst of Disruptive Innovation

Lyssa started her Agile journey around 5 years ago and hasn’t looked back since!
She is Marketing Manager at Headforwards, an outsource software development company. She is also an NLP Master Practitioner, a STEM  Ambassador, a Young Enterprise BA, and a committee member at Software Cornwall. Wearing all those hats needs some serious Agile project management!

Toby Parkins - biography

Toby is a director at outsource software development company Headforwards as well as at the technical web agency UKNetWeb. He is also the president of the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and a Hall for Cornwall Trustee. He has over 21 years experience working in the tech industry. @tobyparkins



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