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IT planning is constant decision-making and prioritisation. This course will outline and document a series of integrated tools to help make better decisions with regard to value, quality, costs and risks.

This will not train in depth, but will quickly make you aware of some available methods, give you access to documentation, and welcome you to more depth training on other BCS courses.



    1      Quantification of critical values and qualities in requirements and objectives

    2      Specification of background information to help understand risks and priorities

    3      Impact Estimation Tables: aka Value Decision Tables a tool for comparing complex options, architectures and strategies.

    4      Dynamic Decision Making: learning fast, committing late

    5      Delegation of Decision Making: to where the action and competence is placed.

    6      Agile Contracting: decisions and commitments in smaller increments

    7      Evo: a project planning framework for decision making


About Speakers: Tom 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 www.Gilb.com/downloads 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 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 (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 book Value Planning 2016 is available digitally (leanpub.com/ValuePlanning, and gilb.com (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.


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 BCS Quality - IT Decision Making for Managers
Date and time
Tuesday 9 January, 8:45am - 5:00pm
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
The Davidson Building
5 Southampton Street
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