Value Driven Agile: How to deliver values and qualities early, frequently and continuously

When: 7th Nov 2017, 08:45 - 7th Nov 2017, 17:00
Where: BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA
Town/City: London
Organiser: Joint BCS Quality Specialist Group and YPG
Price: BCS Members: Free of charge Non-Members: £40.00 (including VAT @ 20%)
Further Information: Further Information

This is a joint BCS Quality Specialist Group and YPG event.

Speaker: 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.

Please bring, if possible, a laptop or tablet etc so you can access fully the presentation and other documentation, as well as tools for smart advanced quality and cost decision-making and communication or presentation.


Agile, as usually taught is a framework, and you are expected to tune it to your needs. Most versions of agile do not explicitly teach you how to deal with IT system qualities and other values. The result, if you do not take action, is usually focus on delivering an IT system, or even worse ‘code’. The average agile failure rate is 40% (Sutherland), and Scrum says they have ‘only’ 19% project failure (Sutherland). Failure means that you did not deliver the quality and values stakeholders expect within budget and deadline. IT systems should in our opinion have near zero failure rate. But then we have add something that most people do not have in place. This addition is explicit targeting of numeric stakeholder values and qualities; together with management of the deadline and budget. 

Content. (About one classroom hour each)

  • Overview: Agile supplements to Scrum.
  • Quantified Value and Quality Requirements: business results focus.
  • Quantification of all strategies and architecture: technology must serve business results.
  • No Cure No Pay Contracting: agile contracting for value not code & work.
  • Dynamic Design to Cost: agile quality, value and cost management.
  • Advanced Product Owner Responsibilities and Capability: much better requirements and design than conventional agile offers.
  • Summary: Management Policy for Value Driven Agile. 

About Speaker: Tom Gilb HonFBCS

Tom GilbTom 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 blogs, videos, books, 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 (2001- to2016) over 20,000 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. Reported Intel results are 200-300% productivity improvement (Terzakis).

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.

Tom is the author of ten published books, and hundreds of papers on Agile and related subjects. His 2005 book ‘Competitive Engineering’ (CE) is a detailed handbook on the standards for the 'Evo' (Evolutionary) Agile Method, and also for Agile Spec QC. The CE book also, uniquely in the Agile community, defines an Agile Planning Language, called 'Planguage' for Quality Value Delivery Management. His 1988 book, Principles of Software Engineering Management (in 20th Printing) is the publicly acknowledged source of inspiration from leaders in the Agile community (Beck, Highsmith, and many more), regarding iterative and incremental development methods. Research (Larman, Southampton University) has determined that Tom was the earliest published source campaigning for Agile methods (Evo) for IT and Software. His first 20-sprint agile (Evo) incremental value delivery project was done in 1960, in Oslo.

His new (digital only) book ‘Value Planning’ 2016 is available digitally (,at, and (discount 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. He did a TEDx talk in Trondheim in 2013, Quantify the  (watch the presentation) where you can in 18 minutes get a feeling for his methods.

Tom is an Honorary Fellow of the BCS.