Lean Quality Assurance Course

This event is sponsored by Mindtree Ltd

Wednesday 21 - Friday 23 May 2014 (3 day course)

9.15am for 9.30am - 4.45pm finish each day

Mindtree Limited, 3 Sheldon Square, W2 6PR, 5 mins from Paddington Station

Free of charge for BCS Members and Non-members

In case of difficulties, contact BCS Quality SG Committee member Soheir Ghallab,

Tom Gilb Hon FBCS


Testing costs too much, but is in fact ineffective. There are many proven methods for ensuring much better qualities, much sooner. But testers cannot be held responsible for deploying them. This is a CIO, CTO, QA-manager responsibility. This seminar guides you through the 'lean' methods which can be operated upstream, up front, pro-active, and with rapid learning.

Amongst other things, you will be looking at:

  • Stakeholder Quality: Stakeholder quality analysis and specification.
  • Quality Quantification: All quality requirements need to be quantified, to reflect all critical quality dimensions.
  • Quality by Design. How to find and evaluate designs that give us needed quality levels. How to estimate impact of designs and architectures on requirement levels, as the basis for 'assuring' that we have later reached planned quality levels. Smart architecture for quality.
  • Quality Decision Tables: a practical tool for managing multiple qualities, multiple costs, and multiple architecture and strategy options - quantitatively and objectively.
  • Agile QC: Establish 'agile quality control', a quantified simple review process. This includes measuring the quality of requirements, designs, code, test plans. It will give people strong motivation to follow best standards practices.
  • Quantified Quality Process Gates: Quantified Process Entry and Exit Control, to drive learning, and practice, of your standards.
  • Quality by Feedback: Evolutionary Product Quality Development: one step above conventional 'agile' in dealing with quality. The Unity (111111) method for decomposing architecture into high quality increments.
  • Quantify Maintainability Requirements: Engineer a variety of maintainabilty qualities (Portability, Maintainability, Adaptability)

About the Presenter

Tom 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 recognized foundation ideas for IBM CMM/SEI CMM/CMMI Level 4.

He is recognized 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 recognized as the idea source for parts of the Agile and Extreme programming methods (primarily the incremental cycles). Tom and Kai have recently developed their own Agile Inspections and Agile Evolutionary Project Management processes, that are being successfully used by clients.