Quantifying Critical Quality Goals and Strategic Qualities

For Health and Medical IT  Systems and Products Projects: A PRACTICAL WORKSHOP

Thursday 11 June - Friday 12 June 2015 (2 day course)

8.45am for 9.00am - Finishing around 5.00pm

BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps
(Approximately 10 minutes walk from Waterloo Station and Charring Cross Station)

BCS Members: Free of charge
Non-Members: £40.00 (including VAT @ 20%)

Please bring, if possible, a laptop or tablet etc so you can access fully the presentation.

Overview: Quantifying Critical Quality Goals and Strategic Qualities

This is a practical workshop. We will work in small teams (2-3) and exercise step by step in methods for quantifying the project/product critical quality objectives. We will learn by doing, learn a process for quantifying the various quality dimensions for all strategies/designs/architectures.


Day 1: How to quantify the many critical quality aspects of a medical system or product.

Day 2: How to quantify and estimate  the multiple critical qualities (and costs) expected from potential deployment of any suggested strategy/design/architecture


Day 1

  1. Pick a project; your own current one if you like. Or join a team.
  2. Stakeholder analysis: their needs and values
  3. Converting value into quantified quality requirements. Scale, Goal.
  4. Other advanced specifications: Constraints, Background

Day 2

  1. Brainstorming solutions (strategies/designs/architecture)
  2. Decomposing large strategies into smaller deliverables
  3. Estimating the expected effects of a strategy on any quality requirement
  4. Systematic methods for dealing with uncertainty of strategy effects
  5. How to prioritise the most cost effective strategies
  6. The Impact Estimation Table: summarizing the big picture: all requirements and all strategies

The Result of Course Participation

  1. Participants will have learned powerful practical tools for planning their projects, with respect to qualities and costs.
  2. Participants will have a basis for further studies, and free access to considerable literature to follow up with.


The course will have sharp focus on learning by doing, on learning a practical planning language for system qualities  (aka values, benefits) and costs.

This will not give space for doing complete planning (all qualities for one system); but the participant should be able to complete things after the course.

It will also not have all the time would like to have to present the full scope of the methods, or even the complete rationale of the methods that we do exercise with. But, the participant will be equipped with considerable free literature (3 books and many papers and slides) to enable them to study more afterwards.

Intended for

Anybody working in or for the health sector, planning any type of medical IT system, or product or service.

Teacher Bio

Tom Gilb and Kai Gilb

Tom Gilb and Kai Gilb have, together with many professional friends and clients, personally developed the system development 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 www.Gilb.com/downloads 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.

Tom Gilb

Tom is the author of nine published books, and hundreds of papers on IT, Systems Engineering, and related subjects. His latest published book ‘Competitive Engineering’ (CE) is a detailed handbook on the standards for the Planning Language,  for its companion method 'Evo' (Evolutionary) Agile Method, and also for the Specification Quality Control method (June 10 2015 BCS Course).

Tom is currently working on his new book ‘Value Planning’ (started Summer 2014, currently about 500 pages). The manuscript will be available free, and useful for participants. 

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.

His methods have been applied internationally with remarkable documented results. Intel, HP, Philips Medical Systems and Boeing are examples where wide long term successful corporate adoption is documented.

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.

They held this course for the first time, for the medical community in Oslo in Autumn 2014. This is the first time that they will do the course elsewhere. More at Gilb.com