Architecture Engineering: with emphasis on Quality

Friday 11 September 2015

8.45am - 4.30pm

BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps
(Approximately 10 minutes walk from Waterloo Station and Charing Cross Station)

BCS Members: Free of charge
Non-Members: £40.00 (including VAT @ 20%)

Speaker: Tom Gilb Hon FBCS


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

It would be an advantage to also attend the 2 day Value Requirements: with emphasis on Quality course on Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 September, but not essential.


You will be introduced to the skills to make decisions based on finding and prioritizing a set of Solutions (designs, architecture components) that optimally satisfy a set of quantified Stakeholder Values or Product Values, numerically, with evidence, risks and uncertainties. Using a Value Decision Table (aka Impact Estimation Table, Value Tables).

Value Tables can facilitate a process between managers and engineers to solicit, prioritize, communicate and reason about the decisions being taken.

This skill set will add tremendous value to any decision taking process. A Scrum product owners, or a project manager, can logically and dynamically (in agile steps) prioritize and optimize a product backlog, or any set of Solutions to be implemented.

Professionals with this Value Delivery Certification (Evo or Evolutionary Project Delivery) approach will have the skills to manage the development team to deliver real Value to Stakeholders, early (next week) and frequently (every week). They know how to use a Value Delivery Table to estimate and track Value delivered to Stakeholders over time.

While others are focusing on delivering the right functions, a certified Value Delivery professional leads his/her team to deliver real Value to Stakeholders.

Workshop mode: You might be in a team of about 4 people who will pick a project that at least one of you were part of in the Requirements workshop. Your team will find, specify quantify and prioritize solutions to meet the requirement in a customized Google doc tool.

There will be some lectures and lots of practical work on your teams’ project. At the end of the day, your team could present your teams work.

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

Syllabus: (content, taught partly through team problem solving)

  • What is wrong with Conventional IT Architecture Practice
  • Quick Review of Quantified Top Level Requirements, with test.
  • Design Specification in Planguage
    • Design Rules
    • Design Templates
    • Examples
  • The Value Table: Impact Estimation
    • The VDT/IET Rules
    • The Value Table Process: Initial Static, then project dynamic
  • The Bring Case: a value driven superstructure to manage real value flow in Scrum or other agile projects.
    • Hierarchical Value Tables connecting Top level of organization, to Stakeholder levels, to IP Product Quality levels, to Software Development (Scrum) level

About Speaker: 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.

Tom Gilb

Tom is the author of nine published books, and hundreds of papers on Agile and related subjects. His latest 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 (now 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.

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 his first TEDx talk in Trondheim in 2013.

Tom is an Honorary Fellow of the BCS.