Planning for Quality Delivery - Producing even more business value in less time

Monday 5 - Tuesday 6 December 2016 (2 day course)

8.45am - 5.00pm, lunch at own discretion 12.00pm - 1.00pm, tea and coffee provided during the day

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%)

Booking is essential

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 these events.

Instructor: Niels Malotaux


If possible, bring a laptop or tablet so you can access the presentation.

Is this for you?

This workshop is intended for Developers, Architects, Product Owners, Scrum Masters, (Project) Managers, and QA people who find it important to produce even more business value in less time. Management because they’re responsible for the result. All others because they determine the result.

We will study and exercise techniques how to continuously improve our effectiveness and efficiency, how to predict what we will have done when and taking the consequence, solving the discipline problem, exploiting our intuition mechanism, continuously balancing priorities, keeping focus, coping with differences in disciplines and cultures, adopting a Zero-Defect attitude and preventing any stakeholder’s complaints. Are you already doing all these things and do you think you are already very effective and efficient? That’s what other people thought before they found out otherwise.

Projects using this approach deliver significantly faster than other projects. Even faster and better value than most Agile teams.

You will be introduced to very practical techniques that you could start using immediately, as has been proven in numerous cases. It works well for individuals as well as teams. Architects, designers,and Product Owners can very efficiently make sure the team does the right things before they’re going to spend the time, rather than afterwards seeing it wasn’t exactly what they meant. This prevents a lot of waste, and hence saves a lot of time. Managers could very efficiently see what the team is doing and that they can trust the team.

At the end of this workshop Niels Malotaux willl ask you “Can you afford not to use these techniques?” You’ll know the answer.

The material presented is complementary to Tom Gilb’s courses on Requirements, Architecture, Decision making, and Lean QA, which are regularly organised at BCS.


Please read and prepare carefully. The better you prepare, the more you will learn.

Write down:

  • The Goal of your current work or project
  • The Definition of Success
  • The most important stakeholder of your current work or project (Who is waiting for it?)
  • The most important requirement for this stakeholder (What is he waiting for?)
  • How much value improvement does this stakeholder expect (3 or 7?)
  • Any deadlines? (No deadlines: it will take longer)
  • What you and your team should and can have achieved in the coming 10 weeks
    (Will you succeed? If yes: great. If not: what could you do about it? - Failure is not an option!)
  • What you think you should and can do the coming week to achieve what you’re supposed to achieve
    (How do you make sure that by the end of the week all of this will be done)
  • Any issues you expect with the above or otherwise with your work or project

If you find it difficult to write these things down, this workshop is even more important for you. If you come out of the workshop with any change in what you wrote down, this will allow you to work more on more important things, and less on less important things. Better focus on what really is important immediately, saves time. The time you spent coming to this workshop could be regained quickly by applying the techniques you can learn. This may convince your boss to allow you to attend this workshop. Perhaps he’ll even come with you.

About the Speaker: Niels Malotaux

Niels Malotaux ( is an independent international Project Coach and expert in optimizing organizational, management, project, and team performance. He has some 40 year experience in designing electronic and software systems, at Philips Electronics, 20 years leading a systems design company, and since 1998 helping projects to deliver Quality on Time: delivering the Right Results at the Right Time, enabling customer success. Since 2001 he taught and coached well over 300 projects in 40+ organizations in the Netherlands, Belgium, China, Germany, Ireland, India, Israel, Japan, Poland, Romania, South Africa, the UK and the US, which led to a wealth of experience in which approaches work better and which work less well in practice. From time to time Niels lectures at Keio University in Yokohama, Japan.