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Teacher: Tom Gilb, Hon FBCS

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'Design’ (aka known as architecture, strategy, means) is our selection of a set of specific technical or organisational means to achieve our ‘multiple critical value objectives and qualities’, within all types of economic and legal constraints.

We will learn to specify designs, so they are clearly targeted to our objectives and our purse. This course is suitable for IT architects who want to understand ‘architecture engineering’ to better serve large and complex projects. But it is aimed at anyone who is interested in much better design processes for complex and critical systems.

Design, even in IT systems, is not at all limited to ‘code’ or ’IT components’, but it is open to any designs that give us the results we need. This means including designs like ‘motivation, training, organization, tools, supplier contracts’. Anything less, is dangerous sub-optimisation by narrow specialists in IT.

Please ensure you have a laptop or tablet so that you can access fully the presentation and other documentation, as well as participate in exercises, and use specification tools.

This course will primarily teach by practical classroom 2-person team exercises in solving a defined set of objectives and other requirements (possibly the set on the previous course). The class will come up with one set of designs together concurrently. The class will estimate the main effects, side effects and costs of their designs. They will learn to decompose big designs into sprint-sized designs so we can get incremental early value delivery results. This is advanced agile, as it should be, suitable for large and complex projects

The worlds current collection of design and architecture methods contains two dangerous categories of methods,

1. Those that do not address value, qualities and costs at all
2. Those that pay lip service to values, but in fact do nothing practical about them.
The high IT project-failure rate (google it!) for decades tells us we do not have good enough methods. They are too primitive, they do not scale up to the large government and corporate projects we really have today.
So this course will show you methods which are one level up: we call it ‘architecture engineering’, to emphasise that it is not about code, it is a true engineering method, and true architecture method, suitable for the scale and complexity of projects we actually have today. All disciplines, when they reach maturity and complexity, move from craft (where most of IT is stuck at the moment) to science and engineering. We need to move, or we will continue to fail. Those who do move, will experience much greater success, as our industrial clients have documented for decades.

Main subjects:
Value Requirements: the foundation (previous value objectives course, not a prerequisite, but quite useful) of the design problem articulation.

What is Design?

1. Basics for Valid Design
2. How not to evaluate a design
3. Simple ways to evaluate and compare designs
4. More powerful ways to evaluate design options
5. Starting a larger project, first design week.
6. Decomposing designs, some more ideas
7. Risk management for value design
8. Design Prioritisation.
9. Dynamic Design to Requirements
10. Organising the value design process
The star of this show is the Value Decision table aka Impact Estimation Tables) which allows us to see any set or level designs, with their estimated or real effects on our critical objectives and costs. A unique general tool for all designers. Complex systems at a glance, on a page or screen.

Documentation: the course is based on our recent digital textbook
Title: Value Design: How to get the Qualities you need to win and succeed, using advanced design thinking.

URL: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ldrofca89sfwzur/Value%20Design%20MASTER%20B2607%20V1408.pdf?dl=0

Which BCS Members may download, print out, get signed by the teacher, at any time in order to evaluate the course contents, and to prepare for the course beforehand, and to study and share with their organization afterwards; if they wish.


Tom Gilb HonFBCS joined IBM in 1958. He has been an international consultant and teacher for 55 years. Written 10 published books. Competitive Engineering (2005), and Value Planning (2016). As well as 10 digitally published books in 2018 and 2019. Tom has developed advanced methods for developing systems of any kind, with emphasis on IT systems and High Quality systems.

He is Honorary Fellow of BCS.

Tom Gilb and his partner Kai Gilb have, together with many professional friends and clients, personally developed the Agile ‘Engineering’ 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/ offers free papers, slides, books, videos, and cases about Agile and many 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). As of 2016 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.

Many other multinationals are in various phases of adopting and practicing the Gilb methods. Many smaller companies also use the methods.

Tom’s methods are 100% risk conscious and devoted to reducing the risks of failure and partial failure, by attention to the details, and to the big picture.


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Webinar: Value Design workshop, selecting design and architecture based on qualities and costs, a serious engineering approach - SPA SG
Date and time
Wednesday 29 April, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

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