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Renowned ‘Planguage’ inventor gives guest lecture

25 April 2013

Recent British School of Computing honorary Tom Gilb shared his unique set of advanced project management skills with a computing and informatics audience at London South Bank University (LSBU) last week, part of the 'LSBU Presents' professional lecture series open to students, staff and the wider public.

Tom Gilb is the founder or key player in several technical disciplines such as 'software metrics' and 'evolutionary project management', as well as being an innovative pioneer in Inspections, and the inventor of the planning language Planguage. Gilb is the author of the seminal Principles of Software Engineering Management and Competitive Engineering and travels worldwide as a speaker at international conferences and guest lecturer at many universities, including Berkeley, Stanford and LSE.

Gilb lectured on 'agile project management', an iterative approach to planning and guiding project processes. Students, staff, alumni, business contacts, IT leaders and members of the British Computer Society had the opportunity to meet with Gilb to hear his advanced principles from the Evolutionary Project Management Method which has been applied successfully by firms such as IBM, HP, Microsoft and Citigroup.

The lecture was the first in what is planned to be a series of Informatics Profession talks aimed at forging links between the department's classroom teaching and practitioners in the wider IT industry. As well as being an informative and enjoyable way to hear from leaders in the field, these events aim to provide an opportunity for postgraduate participants to interact and network with business and IT leaders.

As an internationally-recognised independent teacher, consultant and writer, Gilb has been recently honoured by the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. The Institute's deputy president, Roger Marshall, presented Gilb with his honorary fellowship at a ceremony in London.

The talk and question-and-answer session was followed by a networking reception for Gilb and the many visitors to continue discussing the topic of the evening: agile approach and how value is determined and measured.

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