This workshop is based on Tom Gilb's book „Competitive Engineering“ and other his works. How to deliver high value to stakeholders early and within budgets. The ‘Full Service’ Agile Process, for serious developers and serious organizations.

You won’t become a ‘Master’ but you will be able to evaluate it, and to teach yourself more. For some of our most successful clients, one day was enough to succeed wildly! Are you tired of IT and software development methods that disappoint? Do you want to learn a proven method for achieving early delivery of project results? Are you looking for something suitable for both small and very large projects, suitable for highest quality projects, suitable for embedded software projects; suitable for systems engineering and product development. Are you looking for a suitable project management set of tools to wrap around the Scrum code development core?

About Evolutionary Project Management (Evo)

This course will make you aware of this powerful proven method for getting control of projects. Evo uses early and frequent fact feedback, and consequent adjustment to reality. Evo does not guess about unknowable factors in advance. The Evo-method is so effective that it can and has been used by our clients to restructure existing delayed projects, and to get them delivered earlier than otherwise possible.

  • In this course you will learn the Evo theory, learn how to divide projects into meaningful evolutionary result delivery cycles.
  • You will learn how ‘evolutionary’ differs from simple incremental and iterative agile methods’. This is because Evo is constantly learning and changing intelligently, based on realistic experience on a weekly basis, during development. Evo is totally focused on delivery of value (improvements in quality, productivity and costs) on each step. Not, like conventional agile methods, focused on delivery of code and function.
  • You will learn the powerful technique of dividing the cycles up into deliveries of Stakeholder Value and Product Qualities. You will learn how to select the most efficient series of Evo steps, for high-value and low cost project result delivery.

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 how to quantify the top ten critical project objectives for value improvement, on a single page on a single day.
  • You will learn how to identify and evaluate the designs (architectures, strategies, solution) in terms of their numeric values.
  • You will learn 18 specific tactics for decomposing a large project's phases, and architecture, into smaller delivery steps. And the summary of the principles, the 111111 Unity Method.
  • You will learn how to make use of the early implementation experience facts, to adjust your project, for really-desired success criteria. Dynamic numeric project management and design.
  • Your will learn how to prioritize the most-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 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.
  • You can choose any subset of these tools, like quantified value requirements, in conjunction with your current methods. You can evolve to Evo.

Schedule Highlights

  • What is „Evo“ compared to Waterfall, Incremental, Spiral, CMM, Scrum, XP and other methods.
  • Focus on customer result delivery, not 'construction’.
  • Focus on multiple measurable results of stakeholder value delivered.
  • 2% of time and budget increments; and Evo Policy for Planning.
  • Specification of Evo plans.
  • Simple planning based on 1-page modules, and plan as you go.
  • The One week ‘feasibility study’ for any project, before launching into value delivery cycles.
  • Advanced Impact Table plans: Connect the business and stakeholder needs with IT requirements numerically, model complex reality simply.
  • Using Impact Tables to manage value delivery steps during the project. Keeping track of multiple values simultaneously.
  • The art of decomposition: 18 principles of design decomposition, related to practical cases. The simpler 111111 or Unity Method.
  • Three Evo policy guidelines: control of time, money and results.
  • The Planning Language: for requirements, design and project management.
  • 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, Ericsson, Intel.
  • The small company, web-based product (Confirmit).
  • Citigroup (Richard Smith): Big Projects Success.
  • The ‘Bring’ Company Case study (rescuing from failed Scrum)

Who should attend?

This course is intended for project leaders, project managers, program managers, architects, consultants, quality assurance persons and all those who are scouting new methods, which are much better than simple agile, for early and successful project delivery.


Evolutionary Project Management is not one simple straightforward method (eg. do a then b then c), it can and should be practiced in a variety of ways depending on a lot of on factors including project type and culture. Consequently we will not teach one way to do ‘Evo’. We will teach you the fundamentals, the principles, show you lessons learned, keys to break projects into smaller steps, and we will show examples. We will give you the fundamental practical techniques and tools needed for you to continue learning the art of ‘Evo’ (we are still learning).

Course Parameters

Duration: 1 day

Date: 29. March 2013, 9:00 – 17:00

Venue: Y Soft Corporation

Language: English

Trainers: Tom Gilb