Advanced Risk Management: Of Costs, Time and Qualities

When: 8th Nov 2017, 08:45 - 8th 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. 

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


Risks are defined here as anything that can affect delivery of critical stakeholder values, including quality requirements, or which can negatively affect resource consumption in the short term or long term.

Risk management needs to permeate all aspects of IT projects and operations. 

Risks are everybody’s responsibility, at a very detailed level of planning requirements, contracts, architecture and implementation.

Our tools can be used on a daily basis when planning and discussing IT projects by all levels of experts, managers, business analysts, architects and system or software engineers.

Our risk management methods consist of a large number of free practical tools, which can be added to your current methods incrementally.

Our risk managements methods represent a new fresh view of the risk area. The methods are proven in practice. They are adopted and practiced by leading Corporations worldwide, but still not pervasively known to most professionals or taught on most risk courses.

They are Advanced Risk Management opportunities.

Basic Risk Management

1.1 Risk Related Concepts:

  • Threats, Attacks, Mitigation, Built in Mitigation, Damage
  • Slip, Error, Mistake, Bug, Defect, Major Defect, Defect Density, Defect Cost

1.2 Basic Risk Management Methods.

  • The weaknesses with conventional risk management methods.
  • Capturing risks during planning: requirements, architecture, strategy, contracting, installation planning, test planning. The Planning Language approach.
  • Project Risk Management : identifying risks during project building and incremental delivery.
  • Dynamic Design to Costs (Quinnan, IBM FSD Cleanroom)
  • Risk Management using Specification Quality Control
  • Risk Management using Defect prevention Process (Lean continuous process improvement method, ‘DPP’)

1.3 Requirements Risk Management.

  • Quality and value Requirements risk management
  • Relationships risk management
  • Conflicting requirements risk management

1.4 Design and Architecture Risk Management.

  • Design risk management by decomposition to smaller value deliveries
  • Design risk management by estimation of multiple values, qualities and costs
  • Design risk management by Dynamic Design to Cost (advanced agile)

1.5 Cost Estimation Risk Management.

  • The basic problems with conventional cost estimation: why it is doomed to fail
  • How to do design to cost
  • How to prioritize value for money so risks don’t hit so hard
  • Dynamic Design to cost delivers on time under budget (Cleanroom and Evo experiences)

1.6 Contacting Risk Management.

  • Who should bear the risk of deviation?
  • The flexible contracts templates: Agile Contracting

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.