Architecture Engineering

When: 20th Jun 2018, 00:00 - 21st Jun 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

Advanced management of 'multiple qualities and costs', estimation and measurement

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

This is a separate course, but also Module 2 of 3, held during that week, on Advanced Value Engineering: How to Ensure Successful Results, High Quality, and Low Costs - for IT and Systems Projects.

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

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, as well as Tools for smart advanced quality and cost decision-making and communication or presentation.


Architecture Engineering: advanced management of 'multiple qualities and costs', estimation and measurement.


  1. Specification of any strategy, design, or architecture
  2. Decomposition of any strategy, design, or architecture, to agile bite-sized deliveries
  3. Background Specification of strategy, design, or architecture, for purposes of quality control, risk management and prioritization
  4. Cost(s) and resources estimation, of any strategy, design, or architecture.
  5. Multiple resource costs: up front, life cycle. Money, time, People. Technical Debt. How to define them, estimate them, justify them. On an Impact Table, and how to get an overall cost picture for risks.
  6. Value and Quality estimation, using the Impact Estimation Table.
  7. Making estimates, ± uncertainty, evidence, sources of estimate facts, credibility levels, safety margins.
  8. Prioritisation: how to 'compute' the smartest strategy to deliver next with regard to risk
  9. How to adjust architecture, for successful value delivery in time and under budget, between any small delivery step (sprint). The Cleanroom (IBM) experience.

Multiple levels of related Impact Estimation tables, to enable modelling and management of large and complex systems

This is a separate course, but also Module 2 of 3, held during that week, on Advanced Value Engineering: How to Ensure Successful Results, High Quality, and Low Costs - for IT and Systems Projects.

There is an opportunity to study deeply, with the most advanced methods, for Agile IT Project Requirement and Design Specification, Analysis, and Quality Control.

This is suitable for getting substantial powerful knowledge to act as a Scrum Product Owner, or as a Business Analyst.

The skills apply to any kind of system development: IT systems, Organisational Improvement, Product Development, Systems Engineering, Startups.

The skill profile is sharply different from conventional training, which are based on 'delivering working programs', and on 'functional/use case/user story' level-of-thinking.

Our focus is on the most critical aspects of projects, which at the top level, are about; delivering various values (save money, reduce technical debt, become more flexible for changes), including various qualities (like security, privacy, usability), within constrained or minimised resources (time, money, people, initial and recurrent life cycle costs).

In short our focus is on managing and delivering critical stakeholder values profitably, cost-effectively. This includes the idea of projects that never fail, and always succeed, in early continuous delivery, of a prioritised value stream.

The principles are based on agile ('as it really should be, but is probably not, at your site, yet'), lean (early, problem prevention, early problem correction), and 'Scale free' (the methods work at any scale from tiny to huge).

The main offering is a full-week program. Participants who commit to this will be given priority. But as we appreciate not everyone is able to carve out the full week, we will offer it in 3 semi-independent modules. We expect there will be an opportunity to complete all modules with our later BCS course offerings.

Participants can in principle join any modules in any sequence, if their interests and available time permit it. But we expect to build the knowledge base continuously, without repetition, during the week. One possibility is for participants to study our written materials before and after to get up to speed, and to advance their knowledge base.

Participants will get a Certificate of Attendance for any module completed. Those who attend all 5 days will get a Certificate of Attendance for Training in 'Advanced Value Engineering Methods' for Product Owners, Business Analysts, Consultants, and Project Managers.

Teaching Method: Workshop Based.

Theory base: Books 'Competitive Engineering', and 'Value Planning', + extensive specialist papers in a free digital library.

Workshop: Primarily learning by doing. In small teams (1, 2, 3) all usually working on a class-chosen problem (fun, interesting, current) as 'one class' working on a project together. Exceptionally, a team can work on their own 'other problem' in parallel.

Tool: we will make use of a PC tool ( in the class, but the methods taught are tool independent, and word processors, slide software, and spreadsheets can always be used instead. The tool contains very good teaching guidance to learn by doing. It is based on our books (CE, VP)


You should bring your own PC for accessing the course materials and for workshop tool use. A Pad will, if necessary, work.

If you sign up, you should commit firmly; and certainly immediately inform us (, Soheir Ghallab) of unforseen ability to attend.

Coffee, Tea Biscuits included. Free for BCS members, £40 for non members for each Module.

Working hours are 9.00am to 5.00pm sharp. Lunch about 12.00pm -1.00pm on your own.

Questions about the course can be directed to

If you are not a BCS member, it might pay off to join, to save the coffee fees.

About Speaker: Tom Gilb

Tom Gilb

(Sometimes aided by Guest Teachers, tbd)

Tom is proud to be an Honorary Fellow of the BCS.

He is the author of 10 books on software, IT and systems engineering subjects.

He has been teaching a large number of 'BCS, Specialist Group for Quality' courses per year, for several years, with amazing feedback from participants.

One source of more depth on Tom is Check it out for some free videos and downloads. Get a sample of the power and depth of the ideas, and the clarity, fun, and challenging style of communication.

Tom started at IBM in 1958, and has an exceptional depth of international experience. He is still very active as a consultant and teacher worldwide. He wants to transfer his hard-won experience to you, to accelerate your career, and make you stand out from the crowd, with practical and powerful 'superpowers'.

This is your chance to learn from a real master of the subjects. A real inventor of state-of-the-art methods. Someone who has really accomplished amazing projects, and has well-documented case studies to prove it, that he will share with you.