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Free 2 day Architecture course with Tom and Kai Gilb

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


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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  • Marco M.

    It was a very educative course. Great to be exposed for two days to so much experience and wisdom.

    June 4, 2014

  • Dmitry S.

    Very useful. A lot of information to analyze and practice on the field. Thank you.

    June 4, 2014

  • Ståle D.

    Excellent meetup, this gave me a lot of usefull insights and different perspectives that I can use. I think perhaps 2 days was cutting things a little short for the amount of content, I know I will be spending a lot more time reviewing the course materials later :-)

    June 3, 2014

  • Ståle D.

    Maybe I missed the announcement or something, but when do we start tomorrow? Guessing 09:00?

    June 2, 2014

  • Miguel Alfredo M.

    I was surprised to get an opening today at 07:23! to late to make rearrengements so a dealine to re comfirm attendance will be better for people that dont want to pay a fee.

    1 · June 2, 2014

  • Tom G.

    OK we are 20 people, and the course is started.
    I wonder what happened to the 20 who signed up, but did not show up. This is personally irresponsible. We order too much food, and keep others on a waiting list, who then do not get adequate time to make plans to come!
    . Grownups take responsibility for letting us know they cannot come, in good time to allow others to come.

    Maybe some of you might comment on how we should handle this problem. We want to avoid charging money !!!

    1 · June 2, 2014

  • Miguel Alfredo M.

    Hi, Tom thanks for the opening, but sorry i had already made plans for these 2 days. I want to pass it on to someone else.

    June 2, 2014

  • Øyvind R.

    I am really sorry for the late notice, but I can't make it tomorrow. I hope someone can step in and take my place on short notice..

    June 1, 2014

  • Tom G.


    Our experience is that about 30 of the 40 signed up, just do not show up on the day!

    So if you are on the waiting list, I suggest that if you are willing to show up, you will 90% get a seat and table.

    0ther 10% you will get a seat :)

    1% standing room, anyone :)

    If you want to call me or Kai after 09:00 and hear if there is space, and come in Late, that is OK too
    or Kai[masked] (best as Tom will kick-off at 09:00)

    1. we have done this about 8 times, so we expect to repeat in the Fall in Oslo

    2. We have free courses in London (4.5 June!!, Free)) and Oslo, and paid ones in Europe
    So check out the possibilities at

    3. We will consider holding this or other courses elsewhere, on a sponsored (free for participants, public) or paid basis (in house or fee course)
    [masked] for info.

    June 1, 2014

  • Tom G.




    June 1, 2014

  • Helene S.


    January 26, 2014

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