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‘Value’ objectives are the primary justification for all projects. The business benefits, the quality improvements. We are going to learn to quantify them all so that we can really manage


Tom Gilb, Hon FBCS


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‘Value’ objectives are the primary justification for all projects. The business benefits, the quality improvements. We are going to learn to quantify them all so that we can really manage project success and avoid all too common failures.

Please ensure you bring 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.

The course will primarily be taught as a workshop. The entire class will be working concurrently on different objectives, for a made-up project. We will use an advanced tool (valplan.net), based on an advanced planning language (Planguage). Planguage is freeware and can be adapted into any existing requirements and objectives planning environment. Planguage can be used with any digital tools, and on yellow stickies, if you like!

Students will learn by struggling to solve their own requirements specification problems, and by seeing the work done by class colleagues.

Most IT projects have no clear quantified specification of their success criteria. At best they specify their most critical values, and qualities, in a ‘uselessly ambiguous’ way (‘extremely competitive usability’). They also frequently mix up their ‘ends’ (objectives, requirements) with technical ‘means’ (IT technological solutions). The result is our extremely high IT project failure rate.

Of course, if we do not clearly define our success criteria, we might never realise that we really failed to achieve our aims.

Main subjects: (these correspond to the book text)
1. What are value objectives?
2. Defining a Scale of Measure
3. Scale Parameters, for prioritisation and decomposition of complex values and environments.
4. Benchmark Levels of Performance
5. Requirement Level Constraints: Worst Case, and defining failure clearly in advance.
6. Requirement Level Targets: defining success in advance, knowing when to stop.
7. The Meter: practical measurement tools to control projects.
8. Background Specification parameters; for risk management, prioritisation, responsibility.
9. Making use of value specifications in practice.
10. Presentation of Value Specifications
11. Levels of Value Specifications
12. Defining Resource Levels, short term and long term.
13. Change Control of Value Specifications
14. A Review of requirements methods compared to Planguage (lecture)
15. A briefing on the use of value specifications for design and architecture (demo)
16. Formal standards for Value Specifications (lecture)
17. ‘Valplan’ and other apps for Value specification. Make your own app in Excel!
18. Stakeholders and the planning environment

Documentation: the course is based on the recent textbook: “Value Requirements” https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0g4bfcjc3hi8uv7/AADGW6S6rVuFpDBTA8f_BR5Ta?dl=0

Which BCS Members may download, print out, 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 practising to a lesser extent Evo, Spec QC and other Gilb methods.

Many other multinationals are in various phases of adopting and practising 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 Requirements - Based on a challenging-problem workshop - SPA SG
Date and time
Wednesday 22 April, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

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