Free 2 day Architecture course with Tom and Kai Gilb

  • August 26, 2013 · 9:00 AM

Architecture Engineering Tools, a quantified multidimensional approach to IT architecture and design

Intended for: People who have some design or architecture practice and responsibility today, and who want some new and powerful tools for designing. This is the beginning of a personal study leading to competence as IT Design Engineer, or IT Architectural Engineer.

Background: Most IT design and IT Architecture is currently based on non-engineering paradigms. There is almost total absence of quantified requirements for performance, qualities and costs, as a design basis. There is as good as no practice of estimation and measurement of the multiple impacts of a design or architecture on these requirements. In short, design is practiced in an intuitive manner. Nice words but no justification or responsibility. This is highly unprofessional and is damaging to our community. This course will expose, and make freely available, the set of tools necessary to practicing realIT Design/Architecture Engineeering.


1. Overview Lecture: "Real Architecture"
2. Quantified Architecture Requirements as Primary Design Drivers:
3. Planguage as a basic open source language for architecture modeling andcommunication.
4. Specification Quality Control: Numeric evaluation of requirements anddesign specifications.
5. Design (Architecture) Specification: Advanced levels of detail asprerequisite for evaluation
6. Design Impact Estimation: on multiple design drivers of quality and cost.
7. Evo: Getting early and continuous feedback on design attributes
8. Dynamic Design to Cost: how to meet performance and quality targets within budgets and deadlines by dynamic learning and adjustment

Limitations: this course cannot train most people to be design engineers. However, the best participants will have the basis for beginning the advanced practice and teaching themselves more. We will be very concrete about the methods, the case study practices, and give free access to deeper textbook material. Your awareness of real IT design engineering will be dramatically raised. Hopefully you will wish to continue these studies andpractices.

Documentation: Primary Textbook: Gilb, 'Competitive Engineering' (free digital copy is course material). Assorted papers and slides at The rest of the documentation will consist of a set of slides, papers, case studies,and electronic books, which will be provided on a Dropbox Site

Teachers: Tom Gilb, and Kai Gilb


Real Architecture. Slides for Javazone Sept. 8 2011



Other courses and events

If you're interested in attending this course, but are unable, Tom is holding a similar (and free) course the 28th and 29th  at London BCS (


Tom also wants to promote the Software Architect 2013 conference in London where he's doing various sessions:

- "Architecture Engineering Workshop." Tuesday 8th October

- "Dynamic Design Prioritization in the 'Evo' Agile Framework for Scrum or other Iterative Methods." Wednesday 9th October

- "What is wrong with current Architecture Methods: and 10 Principles for Improvement" Thursday 10th October


Practical information

Please keep your RSVP updated, and if you're unable to attend the course, we kindly ask you to change you RSVP to NO.



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  • Gerd Helen S.

    Great seminar, only wish it could have lasted for a few days more, so we could have gone into more detail.

    I'm happy to finally learn a practical and useful approach to arctitecture. My experience is that most other formal IT architecture methods out there are pretty useless when it comes to having/getting control on your projects.

    Thank you to Tom for being a very inspirational "teacher".

    August 28, 2013

  • Ergun T.

    got many good ideas for my work

    August 28, 2013

  • Arnt L.

    Very great seminar, Thanks Tom an Kyle.
    I cant find the Dropbox papers when following the links from the seminar, so i wonder if someone can get
    me a copy of the documents?
    Or has the links to the dropbox site just become "old"?

    August 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent course with a lot of insights. Thank's a lot for spreading the knowledge!

    August 27, 2013

  • Simen R.

    Interesting ideas. A bit unstructured though.

    August 27, 2013

  • Tore U.

    Argh! Gmail apparently started sorting my email while I was on vacation and meetup mails ended up an a "Social" folder that I didn't notice until today. I had completely forgotten about this course and not receiving any reminders (thanks to Gmail) I am now unable to attend. My apologies :(.

    August 26, 2013

  • Alexander Y.

    Hello! Would it be possible to share materials after the course is completed?

    August 26, 2013

  • Bjørge S.

    Is it in the auditorium? The guy in the reception did not know. I'm already here if someone wants a cup of coffee. I'm sitting under the stairs down to the cafeteria.

    August 26, 2013

  • Bjørn R.

    This page says that six spots are available but also that rsvps are closed. Can I join?

    August 25, 2013

    • Freddy H.

      Yes - please try again now

      August 25, 2013

    • Bjørn R.

      Done. Worked this time. See you tomorrow ;)

      August 25, 2013

  • Robert S.

    Sorry - can't make it this time.

    August 24, 2013

  • Terje D.

    It says that the course ends at 4.00 AM. Isn't that a little to late/early ?

    1 · August 23, 2013

    • Freddy H.

      Yes :-) Updated now - thanks!

      August 23, 2013

  • Freddy H.

    We have just increased the number of spots

    1 · August 22, 2013

  • Mario Ek A.

    It's a two day course.

    August 22, 2013

  • Frank Olaf S.

    What's up with the schedule? The title says two-day course, but the details indicate only Monday. Which is correct?

    August 22, 2013

  • Espen S.

    Had to turn down the spot I got today as I adjusted my schedule...

    August 22, 2013

  • Roar E.

    I finally got a spot! Only problem was I had given up by now and made other plans, maybe next time :-)

    August 22, 2013

  • Robotrobbie

    August 19, 2013

  • Bjørge S.

    Since I'm still on the wait list, maybe someone could answer me how interesting the Lonxon Software Architect conference is for a Systems Architect/Devop working for a service provider for infrastructure and middleware? I would consider attending, but need to justify cost to my manager.

    August 16, 2013

  • Frode J.

    Conflicting date again. I hope there will be a new opportunity in future.

    1 · June 12, 2013

    • Mario Ek A.

      There will be more courses :)

      June 20, 2013

    • Bjørge S.

      I could help organize this in Bergen if that is interesting.

      August 16, 2013

  • Dan W.


    June 13, 2013

  • Roger F.


    June 6, 2013

  • Magnulf P.

    Thanks! :-)

    June 6, 2013

  • Tom G.

    I am instructor here but indicate attendance for the Lunch count! Welcome everybody.

    June 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member


    June 6, 2013

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