Quality Communication: Practical 'Planguage' tools to communicate complex computer & corporate concepts completely & clearly (1 day course)

Friday 30 August 2013

9.00am - 5.00pm

BCS London, 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 Hon FBCS and Kai Gilb.

A 1 Day course for anyone interested in practical tools for communication about the qualities of any system, both IT and organizational.


We all know we have serious problems communicating about complex systems. But, too few people have been trained in serious solutions. The main problem is describing the many different critical qualities of systems. We believe that there is only one viable way: quantitatively.

Quality quantification is just for starters. We need to also go deeper into additional specifications that help us deal with risk management, prioritization, dynamic change, and complex relationships.

This course is suitable for both managers and senior technical people. It will deal with the basics of clear communication about requirements/objectives, and strategies/architecture/design.

The tools are a subset from a Planning Language (‘Planguage’) which is a comprehensive solution to modern technical communication. They are free, tailorable, and proven.


1. Introduction to ‘Planguage’
2. Templates for describing Requirements and Designs
3. Rules: recommended/best practices standards for Quality Specification
4. Principles for Quality Communication
5. The quantification ‘Scale’ for qualities: methods for defining it.
6. Impact Estimation: Quantifying the Qualities of any ‘means’


1. Competitive Engineering. The Handbook.
2. Evo Method Textbook
3. Papers and slides in a dropbox.(most from Gilb.com)

Teaching Approach: Mainly lectures on the tools and cases of their practical application. Other 2 to 3 day courses from BCS give training exercises.


1. the participant will get a basic introduction to quality communication using Planguage

2. You will not become an expert in a day, but you will get extensive documentation to follow up and teach yourself more. Other Free Gilb BCS Courses will give more detail, and can be used as follow up. These include:

  • Architecture Engineering
  • Lean Quality Assurance
  • Advanced Project Management
  • Advanced Requirements Specification.

3. You will gain a substantially better practical understanding of how to deal with both oral and written specification, and discussion, of quality requirements and designs.

Applications for places are to be sent directly to Soheir Ghallab

Please specify:

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

Preference is given to under-employed professionals.

Tom Gilb Hon FBCS has mainly worked within the software engineering community, but since 1983 with Corporate Top Management problems, and since 1988 with large-scale systems engineering (Aircraft, Telecoms and Electronics).

He is an independent teacher, consultant and writer. He has published nine books, including the early coining of the term "Software Metrics" (1976) which is the recognised foundation ideas for IBM CMM/SEI CMM/CMMI Level 4.

He is recognised as the founder or major driver of several technical disciplines such as software metrics and evolutionary project management, as well as being an innovative pioneer in Inspections, and the inventor of the planning language Planguage. He is directly recognised as the idea source for parts of the Agile and Extreme programming methods (primarily the incremental cycles). The latest copy of the BCS ITNow (page 7), credited Tom Gilb Hon FBCS with the beginning in 1985 of the Agile approach.

Tom and Kai Gilb have recently developed their own Agile Inspections and Agile Evolutionary Project Management processes, that are being successfully used by clients.