Project Startup Workshop: Practical Workshop for your own quality project initiation

When: 16th Jun 2016, 08:45 - 17th Jun 2016, 17:00
Where: BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA
Town/City: London
Organiser: BCS Quality Specialist Group
Price: BCS Members: Free of charge Non-Members: £40.00 (including VAT @ 20%)
Further Information: Further Information

Tom Gilb Hon FBCS

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. There is normally a waiting list for Tom’s courses.

2 day

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


This practical workshop is based on our advanced agile ‘Evo’ Project Startup method ( A project is planned in a ‘time boxed’ week, and all following weeks aim to deliver a measurable value stream.

This workshop will cover the first 3 days (requirements, designs and quantitative evaluation). We will work in small teams on self-chosen projects. You can bring your project or join a team. The projects can be real or artificial.

We will use, as Beta Users, the new planning application for the Planning Language, ‘’ developed by Richard Smith. It is the only digital tool which allows us to quantify ‘qualities’ and ‘stakeholder values’ simultaneously with costs.

The first day we will focus on quantification of the top 10 critical stakeholder improvements ( The ‘needs’.

The second day, based on the critical quality requirements, we will plan the ‘means’ (design, strategies, architecture) needed to meet our critical improvement objectives.

This workshop is suitable for startup planning, for medical systems planning, and general IT systems planning.

Participants can be business analysts, architects, project managers, IT management, consultants, and teachers.

Day 1 Quality Requirements

The first day we will focus on quantification of the top 10 critical stakeholder improvements ( The ‘needs’.

  • The concept of top few critical stakeholder requirements as the main project management criteria.
  • How to quantify all value and quality requirements: Scale of measure, Worst acceptable case, success levels.
  • Background specifications (owners, stakeholders, issues, risks, dependencies etc.)

Day 2 The Qualities of your Architecture

The second day, based on the critical quality requirements, we will plan the ‘means’ (design, strategies, architecture) needed to meet our critical improvement objectives. We will integrate the designs and model their relationships to all critical objectives and all cost constraints.

  • Identification of the top 10 architecture ideas
  • Evaluation of the power of the means, to deliver each one of the top 10 objectives.
  • Evaluation of the multiple costs of the means: time people money.
  • Evaluation of the uncertainty of our estimates (the ± range of effect).
  • Specification of the evidence and sources of our estimates.
  • Stipulation of the Credibility level of the estimates.
  • Presentation of the plans as bar charts with value for money and with risk levels.

Workshop Leader Bio: Tom Gilb Hon FBCS

Tom Gilb joined IBM in 1958. He has been an international consultant and teacher for 55 years. Written 10 published books. Competitive Engineering (2005), and Value Planning (2016). Tom has developed advanced methods for developing systems of any kind, with emphasis on IT systems and High Quality systems.

He is an Honorary Fellow of BCS. See

This course might be assisted by Kai Gilb, and Richard Smith (Toolmaker of Needsandmeans App), as needed. Depending on course size and their availability.

Tom Gilb and Kai Gilb

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.

For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event please note that BCS do not issue invitation letters.

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