Architecture Engineering (2 day course)

How to make design decisions based on multiple quantified requirements

Tuesday 4 - Wednesday 5 March 2014 (2 day course)

9.00am for 9:30am - 4.00pm

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

Free of charge for BCS Members and £25 + VAT for Non-BCS members.

If you book, and are unable to attend, please cancel your booking via the BCS site and also contact Soheir Ghallab, who is our committee member looking after Tom's courses.

Tom Gilb Hon FBCS and Kai Gilb


You will be taught the skills to make decisions based on finding and prioritizing a set of Solutions (designs, architecture components) that optimally satisfy a set of quantified Stakeholder Values or Product Values, numerically, with evidence, risks and uncertainties. Using a Value Decision Table (aka Impact Estimation Table, Value Tables).

Value Tables can facilitate a process between managers and engineers to solicit, prioritize, communicate and reason about the decisions being taken.

This skill set will add tremendous value to any decision taking process. A Scrum product owners, or a project manager, can logically and dynamically (in agile steps) prioritize and optimize a product backlog, or any set of Solutions to be implemented.

Professionals with this Value Delivery Certification (Evo or Evolutionary Project Delivery) will have the skills to manage the development team to deliver real Value to Stakeholders, early (next week) and frequently (every week). They know how to use a Value Delivery Table to estimate and track Value delivered to Stakeholders over time.

While others are focusing on delivering the right functions, a certified Value Delivery professional leads his/her team to deliver real Value to Stakeholders.

Workshop mode:

You will be in a team of about 4 people who will pick a project that at least one of you were part of in the Requirements workshop. Your team will find, specify quantify and prioritize solutions to meet the requirement in a customized Google doc tool.

There will be some lectures and lots of practical work on your teams project. At the end of the day, your team will present your teams work.

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About the Speakers:

Tom Gilb and Kai Gilb have, together with many professional friends and clients, personally developed the Agile methods they teach. The methods have been developed over five decades of practice all over the world in both small companies and projects, as well as in the largest companies and projects. Their website offers free papers, slides, and cases about Agile and other subjects.

There are many organisations, and individuals, who use some or all of their methods. IBM and HP were two early corporate-wide adopters (1980, 1988). Recently (2012) over 15,000 engineers at Intel have voluntarily adopted the Planguage requirements specification methods; in addition to practicing to a lesser extent Evo, Spec QC and other Gilb methods. Many other multinationals are in various phases of adopting and practicing the Gilb methods. Many smaller companies also use the methods. They have advised top management at UK Companies on Business Agile in 2013 and earlier.

Tom Gilb

Tom is the author of nine published books, and hundreds of papers on Agile and related subjects. His latest book ‘Competitive Engineering’ (CE) is a detailed handbook on the standards for the 'Evo' (Evolutionary) Agile Method, and also for Agile Spec QC. The CE book also, uniquely in the Agile community, defines an Agile Planning Language, called 'Planguage' for Quality Value Delivery Management. His 1988 book, Principles of Software Engineering Management (now in 20th Printing) is the publicly acknowledged source of inspiration from leaders in the Agile community (Beck, Highsmith, and many more), regarding iterative and incremental development methods. Research (Larman, Southampton University) has determined that Tom was the earliest published source campaigning for Agile methods (Evo) for IT and Software. His first 20-sprint agile (Evo) incremental value delivery project was done in 1960, in Oslo.

Tom has guest lectured at universities all over UK, Europe, China, India, USA, Korea - and has been a keynote speaker at dozens of technical conferences internationally. He did his first TEDx talk in Trondheim in 2013.

Tom is an Honorary Fellow of the BCS.

Kai Gilb

Kai Gilb has partnered with Tom in developing these ideas, holding courses and practicing them with clients since 1992. He coaches managers and product owners, writes papers, develops the courses, and is writing his own book, ‘Evo - Evolutionary Project Management & Product Development.’

Tom & Kai work well as a team, they approach the art of teaching their common methods somewhat differently. Consequently the students benefit from two different styles.