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Courses

Warning: We are enthusiastic about the methods we develop, and when we teach - that enthusiasm is contagious.

Do you want your people to:
a. learn how to write requirements intelligently?
b. manage projects that deliver great results on time and within budgets?
c. quality control their documents in such a way that development time is reduced substantially?
d. improve your authoring processes through defect prevention?

No, none of the above! then move on from this page.

Yes! then we have something to offer.

We have the knowledge and the experience to teach courses with such an impact that the course participants will cherish the course throughout their career.

Contact us at Tom@Gilb.com or Kai@Gilb.com or call us at: +47 66801697

Course Content

We hold courses in the topics we personally develop. See Methods.

Typical topics are: Requirements, Design, Architecture, Evo Project Management, Spec QC and Extreme Inspection.

Then the courses are targeted to a group. Typical groups are: CEO / board members , Top Level Managers , Product Managers, General Managers , Testers , Quality Assurance, SW Engineers, Architects, Engineers.

Each group has special needs, and we customize the course content, slides, language, workshops accordingly.

Sometimes we have mixed groups, and that has its benefits as well.

Course Durations

The longer the course duration, the more your team can learn, and the better they will be armed to make real substantial change in their work environment.

The longer the course duration, the harder it is to get good people to attend;-)

So we will help you strike a balance. We will work with whatever length we are given.

Typical course durations are:
Requirement Courses: 3 days (1 to 4 days)
Evo Courses: 3 days (1 to 4 days)
Requirement + Evo Courses: 5 days.
Impact Estimation: 1 to 2 days.
Spec QC / Inspection: 3 to 5 days
Agile Spec QC / Extreme Inspection: 1 day.

The less time the course participants get, the less time they have to learn to apply the methods. I.e. we can, and sometimes do, hold a 3-hour Requirement 'course', in that time we manage to awaken an interest, show them some examples, and show them what to read if they want to learn more. If they get 3 days, they get time for lots of practical workshops, on their own material, meeting and tackling real work challenges, etc.

Customize to fit your needs

We will customize any course, so the course participants can get the most value for their time. Talk to us about your needs, and we will find a way to fulfill it.

Much of the customizing happens in the workshops. We highly recommend that the course participants bring in real work, that way they are faced with their real, day-to-day challenges.

 

 

Example: Focused Knowledge Transfer Workshops

Designed to give you and your people key skills thrugh short hands on workshops.

For more information see: Focused Knowledge Transfer Workshops

Requirements Course - Schedule Highlights Example


• paradigm shift in thinking about requirements
• how to specify Product Quality Requirements
• how to specify Stakeholder Value Requirements
• how to specify Function Requirements
• how to specify Design Constraints
• the various requirements concepts defined and exemplified
• practical examples
• standards for requirements (templates, rules, processes, glossary)
• how to quantify any qualitative requirement
• advanced quantification-scale specification methods
• how to measure a requirement level numerically
• principles for requirements
• changing requirements culture
• expected results from requirements culture improvement
• a policy for improved requirements

Evo Project Management Course - Schedule Highlights Example

• What is "Evo" compared to Waterfall, Incremental, Spiral, Phased, Cleanroom, CMM and other methods:
• Focus on customer result delivery, not 'construction
• Focus on multiple measurable results delivered
• 2% increments and Evo Policy for Planning
• Specification of Evo plans
• Simple one page '21' step plans
• Advanced impact table plans
• Feedback and learning and estimating Impact Table control
• Other types of plans: ladder and step formats
• The art of decomposition: 18 principles of design decomposition, related to practical cases.
• Three Evo policy guidelines: control of time, money and results.
• Combining several design ideas and functions into a single step.
• How to specify a step elegantly and briefly.
• The notion of parallel steps: concurrent step management
• Setting Management Policy
• Case studies of using Evo:
• Quotations from experienced Evo users worldwide
• Access to case studies of single Evo efforts
• HP, JPL, Microsoft, IBM, DoD, Ericsson
• The small company, web-based product (Confirmit), success in 2004-5 of FIRM AS

You will learn

• You will learn a systematic method for planning any project, which focuses on the customer end-results, rather than technical construction details.
• You will learn 18 specific tactics for decomposing a large project's phases into smaller delivery steps.
• You will learn how to make use of the early implementation experience facts, to adjust your project, for really-desired success criteria.
• Your will learn how to prioritize some more-valuable steps earlier in the development process.
• You will learn how to calculate your current priority, based on actual progress towards requirements.
• You will get an overview of Evo concepts
• You will get a number of real case studies, showing the remarkable proven power of the method in practice.
• You can expect to be able to go back to work, to practice, and to prove the Evo method works well, immediately.

Example: Agile Spec QC / Extreme Inspection Course - Schedule Highlights

• A case study of requirements SQC at a major multinational: how to predict project delays at the beginning, correctly.
• The notion of rules for specification: an objective standard.
• The notion of numeric exit control of specifications.
• The SQC process: simplified Agile method based on sampling, measurement and motivation to reduce defect injection.
• Extensions to SQC process.
• SQC compared to testing and reviews.
• Case study of sampling from major software supplier 2005.
• Case study from a major financial IT shop.
• (option) a demonstration of SQC on participant materials

What you will learn

The Specification Quality Control (SQC) process the Gilbs teach, is the most effective available today, in the world of systems and software engineering. Based on the latest ‘agile’ version, this SQC Inspection Process course will show you:
• how to measure the current defect density in your specification and planning documents;
• how to clean-up existing documents for immediate cost-benefits, time-benefits, and results-benefits to projects;
• how formal reviews and walkthroughs become more productive, and more valuable, when SQC practices is introduced for them;
• how your current defect insertion rates can be reduced by between 50 to 200 times current levels, within 12 months;
• how the SQC ‘agile’ process costs up to 100 times less to operate, than earlier inspection methods, and maintains the defect identification effectiveness;
• how the longer term benefit of SQC is actually to get a culture of greater clarity of technical specifications, in organizations using the SQC process.
• Absolutely practical and immediate benefit methods, you can use the next day at work.