Tom Gilb talk

Friday 9 December 2016, 9.00am - 1.00pm

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

Free to attend for both BCS Members and non-members


Some Anti-establishment IT Ideas worth learning before you get polluted by too many ideas that don’t really work.


  • 09:00 - 09:25am 1. What is Wrong with Agile and Scrum?
  • 09:25 - 09:50am 2. Why do IT projects still have horrendous failure rates?
  • 09:50 - 10:15am 3. Why is is impossible to estimate the true costs of IT Projects? What can we do?
  • 10:15 - 10:40am 4. Why does management give such poorly written requirements to IT, and why is IT irresponsible and accepts poor requirements?
  • 10:40 - 11:05am 5. How to quantify any critical requirements, especially Love and Music.
  • 11:05 - 11:30am 6. How to spot people, who are not worth listening to, in it writings, courses and talks.
  • 11:30am - 1:00pm 7. Your questions, and the cheekiest answers I can find, to irritate the Establishment.

Benefits to delegates

1. you get armed with shocking ideas to irritate your parents, siblings, partners, and managers.
2. you will build a healthy skepticism towards most everything in the IT idea-sphere.
3. you will get some ideas of what you should actually study, if they let you.
4. you will be confused, on a higher plane.
5. you might be inspired to join a revolution, after the Christmas Party Season, if you have time.
6. you will realize that your studies are almost totally wasted (but that IT managers don’t know it yet).
7. you can see that computer science is not science, and software engineering is not engineering.

About the speaker

Tom GilbTom Gilb was born in Hollywood, but escaped to London. He conned IBM into a lowly job, at 17 years old, in 1958 in Oslo, in order to follow his heart. He loves to hold Free BCS courses in London so he can go to shows, concerts and ballet in the evenings. He became the Grandfather of a number of disciplines, like Agile, since there was nobody else around at the time to express any common sense opinions.

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