Lean Quality Assurance

Date:
Thursday 9 April 2015 (1 day course)

Time:
8.45am for 9.00am - Finishing around 4.30pm

Venue:
BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

Cost:
BCS Members: Free of charge
Non-Members: £40.00 (including VAT @ 20%)

If you book, and are unable to attend, please cancel your booking via the BCS site and also contact Soheir Ghallab soheirg@hotmail.com, who is our committee member looking after Tom’s courses. There is normally a waiting list for Tom’s courses.

Speakers:
Tom Gilb Hon FBCS and Kai Gilb

Description:

Testing costs too much, but is in fact ineffective. There are many proven methods for ensuring much better qualities, much sooner. But testers cannot be held responsible for deploying them. This is a CIO, CTO, QA-manager responsibility. This seminar guides you through the 'lean' methods which can be operated upstream, up front, pro-active, and with rapid learning.

Amongst other things, you will be looking at:

  • Stakeholder Quality: Stakeholder quality analysis and specification.
  • Quality Quantification: All quality requirements need to be quantified, to reflect all critical quality dimensions.
  • Quality by Design. How to find and evaluate designs that give us needed quality levels. How to estimate impact of designs and architectures on requirement levels, as the basis for 'assuring' that we have later reached planned quality levels. Smart architecture for quality.
  • Quality Decision Tables: a practical tool for managing multiple qualities, multiple costs, and multiple architecture and strategy options - quantitatively and objectively.
  • Agile QC: Establish 'agile quality control', a quantified simple review process. This includes measuring the quality of requirements, designs, code, test plans. It will give people strong motivation to follow best standards practices.
  • Quantified Quality Process Gates: Quantified Process Entry and Exit Control, to drive learning, and practice, of your standards.
  • Quality by Feedback: Evolutionary Product Quality Development: one step above conventional 'agile' in dealing with quality. The Unity (111111) method for decomposing architecture into high quality increments.
  • Quantify Maintainability Requirements: Engineer a variety of maintainabilty qualities (Portability, Maintainability, Adaptability)

Please bring if possible, a laptop or tablet etc so you can access fully the presentation.

About Speakers: Tom Gilb and Kai Gilb

Tom Gilb and Kai Gilb have, together with many professional friends and clients, personally developed the Agile methods they teach. The methods have been developed over five decades of practice all over the world in both small companies and projects, as well as in the largest companies and projects. Their website www.Gilb.com/downloads offers free papers, slides, and cases about Agile and other subjects.

There are many organisations, and individuals, who use some or all of their methods. IBM and HP were two early corporate-wide adopters (1980, 1988). Recently (2012) over 15,000 engineers at Intel have voluntarily adopted the Planguage requirements specification methods; in addition to practicing to a lesser extent Evo, Spec QC and other Gilb methods. Many other multinationals are in various phases of adopting and practicing the Gilb methods. Many smaller companies also use the methods. They have advised top management at UK Companies on Business Agile in 2013 and earlier.

Tom Gilb

Tom is the author of nine published books, and hundreds of papers on Agile and related subjects. His latest book ‘Competitive Engineering’ (CE) is a detailed handbook on the standards for the 'Evo' (Evolutionary) Agile Method, and also for Agile Spec QC. The CE book also, uniquely in the Agile community, defines an Agile Planning Language, called 'Planguage' for Quality Value Delivery Management. His 1988 book, Principles of Software Engineering Management (now in 20th Printing) is the publicly acknowledged source of inspiration from leaders in the Agile community (Beck, Highsmith, and many more), regarding iterative and incremental development methods. Research (Larman, Southampton University) has determined that Tom was the earliest published source campaigning for Agile methods (Evo) for IT and Software. His first 20-sprint agile (Evo) incremental value delivery project was done in 1960, in Oslo.

Tom has guest lectured at universities all over UK, Europe, China, India, USA, Korea - and has been a keynote speaker at dozens of technical conferences internationally. He did his first TEDx talk in Trondheim in 2013.

Tom is an Honorary Fellow of the BCS.

Kai Gilb

Kai Gilb has partnered with Tom in developing these ideas, holding courses and practicing them with clients since 1992. He coaches managers and product owners, writes papers, develops the courses, and is writing his own book, ‘Evo – Evolutionary Project Management & Product Development.’

Tom & Kai work well as a team, they approach the art of teaching their common methods somewhat differently. Consequently the students benefit from two different styles.