08 June 2017


Tom Gilb speaks with Dave Rael about values, engineering, quantification, measurement, impact, and rewards

Tom Gilb is the author of 10 books, and hundreds of papers, on requirements, design, project management and related subjects. In 1993, ‘Software Inspection’. His 2005 book ‘Competitive Engineering’ is a substantial definition – and set of template standards for quantified requirements, design, project management, and quality control ideas. In 2016 he E-pubbed his new ‘management’ book after 2 years of writing work: ’Value Planning’. He is widely cited as the pioneer of the Agile rapid development cycle [Principles of Software Engineering Management", 1988]. His own agile method, the original one - is called 'Evo'. It is successfully used as a front end to Scrum. See www.Gilb.com for more detail. In 2012 He was named ‘Honorary Fellow of the British Computer Society’ (Hon. FBCS).

"In physical science the first essential step in the direction of learning any subject is to find principles of numerical reckoning and practicable methods for measuring some quality connected with it. I often say that when you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely in your thoughts advanced to the state of Science, whatever the matter may be." -Lord Kelvin [PLA, vol. 1, "Electrical Units of Measurement", 1883-05-03]

Tom's top 3 tips for delivering more value:
  1. Define the values quantitatively
  2. Experiment with ways of getting those values, dumping ways that don't work
  3. Think of what values are being achieved and at what costs
  4. Read Tom's Value Planning book

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