Advanced Project Management (1 day course)

Monday 7 November 2011

9.00am - 5.00pm

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

Free of charge, places are limited.

Tom Gilb, and for large classses, also Kai Gilb

Applications for places are to be sent directly to

Please specifiy:

1. Why interested
2. Employment status
3. Which course(s)

Intended for: People with current or past responsibility and practice as IT project managers, who would like to pick up some more advanced techniques for delivering project value and quality within allocated resources.

Background: Most IT projects fail wholly or partly to satisfy expectations of funders and stakeholders (try Googling IT Project Failure). The Royal Academy of Engineering concluded that: 'The methods for avoiding IT project failure are known to the community, but not practiced'. There is a huge motivational, political and economic problem here, and we are not going to solve it. But for those who want the 'well hidden' knowledge of how to succeed in IT Project Management, we are going to present those techniques that we believe need practicing in order to succeed.


  • Focus on Stakeholders: why it is dangerous to focus on users and customers alone.
  • Focus on Value: why it is bad to focus on functions, use cases, building code.
  • Quantifying Values and Qualities: how to make unclear requirements much clearer
  • Using Planguage to specify project-critical requirements in more-useful detail
  • Multiple Levels of Project Control (Organization, Stakeholder, IT, Tech Design)
  • How to relate designs to requirements, value drivers to value needs: Impact Estimation Tables
  • Decomposing Project Deliverables by Value: the 111111 Method
  • Estimation by Feedback, and Change. How to deliver, before the deadline.
  • Case Studies of Results using these methods.

Limitations: this course will not turn you into a Project Master, but it might be a clear step in that direction. It certainly does not cover all aspects of project management, just the ones that we experience are done very badly now, and for which we have specific 'medicines'.

Documentation: the documentation will consist of a set of slides, papers, case studies, and electronic books, which will be provided on a master Memory Stick for your laptop, or we will copy onto your own memory stick. Bring a laptop with USB port, or bring a < 0.5 Gig Memory stick. If you want advance reading we suggest you scan the downloads at and read whatever interests you.

The BCS Quality SG is sponsoring free training for people who qualify as 'unemployed' (no job currently, seeking a position) or 'underemployed' (freelance consultants) as they might have the time and motivation to upgrade their skills.

Course 1 and 2 (1 day each) are primarily for people in employment, who have to get time off of work to do the class. The 2-day courses, (3 and 4) are primarily for people who are underemployed and can easily do 2 or 4 days of courses to improve skills. There is substantial overlap between the courses, the difference being the specialisation of point of view (Project Management, Architecture, Quality Assurance, Requirements Analyst)