Advanced IT Design and Architecture (1 day course)

Tuesday 8 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 classes, 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 who have some design or architecture practice and responsibility today, and who want some new and powerful tools for designing. This is the beginning of a study leading to competence as IT Design Engineer, or IT Architectural Engineer.

Background: Most IT design and IT Architecture is currently based on non-engineering paradigms. There is almost total absence of quantified requirements for performance, qualities and costs, as a design basis. There is as good as no practice of estimation and measurement of the multiple impacts of a design or architecture on these requirements. In short, design is practiced in an intuitive manner. Nice words but no justification or responsibility. This is highly unprofessional and is damaging to our community. This course will expose, and make freely available, the set of tools necessary to practicing real IT Design/Architecture Engineeering.


  • Overview Lecture: 'Real Architecture'
  • Quantified Requirements as Primary Design Drivers: Planguage as a basic requirements language.
  • Specification Quality Control: Numeric evaluation of requirements and design specifications.
  • Design (Architecture) Specification: Advanced levels of detail as prerequisite for evaluation
  • Design Impact Estimation: on multiple design drivers of quality and cost.
  • Evo: Getting early and continuous feedback on design attributes
  • Dynamic Design to Cost: how to meet performance and quality targets within budgets and deadlines by dynamic learning and adjustment

Limitations: this one day course cannot train most people to be design engineers. However, the best participants will have the basis for beginning the advanced practice and teaching themselves more. We will be very concrete about the methods, the case study practices, and give free access to deeper textbook material. Your awareness of real IT design engineering will be dramatically raised. Hopefully you will wish to continue these studies and practices.

Documentation: Primary Textbook: Gilb, 'Competitive Engineering' (digital copy is course material). Assorted papers and slides at The rest of 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.

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)