"Agility is the tool, not the Master" by Tom Gilb

Monday 29 September 2014

6.00pm - 8.00pm

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

Tom Gilb

Free to attend for both BCS members and non-members

This is a joint BCS Agile Methods Specialist Group and BCS Quality Specialist Group event.

Event Synopsis:

Tom Gilb’s Ten Key Agile Principles to deliver stakeholder value, avoid bureaucracy and give creative freedom 


1. Focus on real stakeholder values


2. Communicate stakeholder values quantitatively

3. Estimate expected results and costs for weekly steps


4. Generate results, weekly, for stakeholders, in their environment

5. Measure all critical aspects of the improved results cycle.

6. Analyse deviation from your initial estimates


7. Change plans to reflect weekly learning

8.. Immediately implement valued stakeholder needs, next week

Don’t wait, don’t study (analysis paralysis), don’t make excuses.

Just Do It!

9. Tell stakeholders exactly what you will deliver next week

10. Use any design, strategy, method, process that works quantitatively well - to get your results

Be a systems engineer, not a just programmer (a ‘Softcrafter’). Do not be limited by your craft background, in serving your paymasters    

Tom Gilb

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

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