Project Startup Workshop

When: 12th Mar 2018, 00:00 - 13th Mar 2018, 23:59
Where: BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA
Town/City: London
Organiser: Joint BCS Quality Specialist Group & YPG
Price: BCS Members: Free of charge, Non-Members: £40.00 (including VAT @ 20%)
Further Information: Further Information

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,

Duration: 2 days

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

Please bring, if possible, a laptop or tablet etc so you can do on line workshop learning, and also to access considerable digital documentation.


Start your own Projects. Quantify Qualities and the Qualities of your Strategies. Especially welcome Business Startups and Medical Projects.

Intended for: Anybody who wants to get some ideas for a fresh new way to start a project.

Especially welcome: Anybody working in or for the health sector, planning any type of medical IT system, or product or service. anybody planning their own business startup.

Please bring, if possible, a laptop or tablet etc so you can do on line workshop learning. And also to access considerable digital documentation.

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 any system o 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.

We expect to be able to use the new tool

The Result of Course Participation

  1. Participants could have learned powerful practical tools for planning their projects, with respect to qualities and costs.
  2. Participants should 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 literature (books and many papers and slides) to enable them to study more afterwards.

About Speaker: Tom Gilb

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 (, 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.

Tom is an Honorary Fellow of the BCS.