Advanced Project Management: for Quality and Rapid Value Delivery (2 day course)

Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 April 2012

Monday 9.00am - 5.00pm and Tuesday 2.00pm - 5.00pm

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

Free of charge and open to all (BCS and non-BCS members)

Tom Gilb and Kai Gilb

Applications for places are to be sent directly to Soheir Ghallab

Please specify:

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

Intended for: People who are unemployed or seriously underemployed.


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 with this course alone. 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 (Planning Language) to specify project-critical requirements in more-useful detail
  • Multiple Levels of Project Control (Organization, Stakeholder, IT, Tech Design)
  • Measuring the work flow quality: Specification Quality Control.
  • How to relate designs to requirements, value drivers to value needs: Impact Estimation Tables
  • Decomposing Project Deliverables by Value: the 111111 Method
  • Cost Estimation by Feedback, and Change. How to deliver, before the deadline.
  • Case Studies of results using these methods.

Time Allocation:

1. Project Requirements

Day 1 am (9 to 12)

1.1 Stakeholder Analysis: the sources of requirements.
1.2 Requirement classifications and definitions.
1.3 Requirement Templates and Rules.

Day 1 pm (1pm to 5 pm)

1.4 Quantification of Quality Requirements
1.5 Exercise: Stakeholders, Values, Clear Requirements
1.6 Instructor Led Workshop: One participant-suggested requirement, in depth
1.7 Exercise: One quality or value requirement in depth on one page template

2. SQC, Design, Architecture, Impact Estimation Cost Estimation

Day 2 am

2.1 Design Specification Template: A Rich specification method.
2.2 Impact Estimation, Value Delivery Tables theory
2.3 Class Exercise: fill out impact estimation table.
2.4 Specification Quality Control (SQC) Method, Part 1
2.5 SQC Method, Basic Theory part 2
2.6 SQC Demonstration, class exercise
2.7 Cost Estimation: Dynamic budget and deadline Control instead of bad up front estimates.

3. Value Delivery: Value Decomposition,

Day 2pm Evo Method

3.1 The Evolutionary Project Management method (‘Evo’): Efficient Value Optimisation.
3.2 & 3.3 Evo cases: Confirmit, Bring, US DoD Persinscom, Citigroup UK, and some ‘relatives’ IBM Cleanroom, Lean Startup.
3.4 The 111111 Unity Decomposition Method, for value delivery
3.5 The 20 Principles of Decomposition, for value delivery
3.6 Exercise in Design Decompositionfor requirement-value delivery
3.7 Class Photograph, Diplomas, Certification, last questions


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'.


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 now, then we suggest you scan the downloads at and read whatever interests you.