Advanced Project Management (APM), In Lean IT Management for Rapid Value Delivery (3 day course)

Monday 23 to Wednesday 25 September 2013

9.00am - 5.00pm each day

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

Intended for:

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

This is not a beginner or student course.


  • 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.


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'.


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.

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.