Tom Gilb

Tom Gilb has been consulting on management problems, for top management since 1962.  As a result he has developed and refined his own powerful methods for management planning. He has worked for many of these years with his son Kai Gilb.

These methods are jointly called ‘Planguage’ – a Planning Language. They are unique in helping managers to think quantitatively about the qualitative aspects of their decisions. For example how to quantify ‘engineering productivity’, or general product quality?

Most of the consultancy work is done at the CTO level. Most of it is for technical multinationals, and some financial groups. Most of the work is for planning organizational improvement in productivity and quality (for 10,000 engineers for example). The rest is about big projects (like 1,000 engineers, $100 million).

Tom does not profile himself as a management consultant. In fact he  works at the grass roots of advanced engineering, systems, software, aircraft, IT, telecoms, electronics.

This often leads to meeting top managers who appreciate his methods, and become clients. There is a well-documented successful spread of his methods at HP, IBM (CMM 4) and Intel (20,000 engineers trained there in his methods). Other interesting famous method-user organizations are Boeing, Citigroup, JP Morgan, Credit Suisse, Philips,  Ericsson, Nokia, Tata Consultancy, Microsoft, Equinor and many others, smaller and less famous.

Tom has been invited to lecture at dozens of  universities worldwide (including Berkeley, Stanford, London School of Economics, Imperial College).

He has previously published nine paper books. The 2005 book is ‘Competitive Engineering’.

He has spent 2 years  (2014-2015) working on his new book ‘Value Planning’, especially for top managers. Published initially on LeanPub 2016.

In 2018-2021 He produced about 20+ books digitally. Most at Leanpub, or

In 2020, long course length videos were made by Oslo Software Architecture (OSWA), based on the SEA Systems Enterprise Architecture book,

And many long videos about the books were made by BCS SPA SG such as for the Sustainability Planning book.


BCS made: Value Requirements video 22 April 2020, 3 hours

and many other of my book videos are below this one on that site.

In 2012 he was made Honorary Fellow of the British Computer Society.

More information, and many publications, at

He lives in Norway and London, and is both Norwegian (as of December 2015) and US Citizen (1940).

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October 28 Day 2 - CGI Lithuania – Insights you can act on

Agile Value Stream Management

There is a better agile world, one that is much better at delivering measurable organizational results quickly, on time, under budget. It is well proven in major corporations, but it is not well-marketed to get your cash; perhaps because it is essentially free. You just have to be smart and motivated to go for it.

It can change your career as an agile coach, consultant, teacher or leader.

It is based on a pretty simple idea: Deliver measurable stakeholder value incrementally and early, and be agile enough to change anything to deliver it better.

Most of you cannot yet do this because you have not been trained in stakeholders, in value ideas, in quantification of value ideas, in decomposition of Big Bang ideas, and in dynamic value-prioritization. Here is your big chance, to rectify your lack of knowledge. It won’t cost you much more than your own time to study the methods, which themselves are free. No, we will not certify you, (for a small fee). You either deliver real value impressively to your stakeholders, or you do not yet know how to do it.

I do not want your money, I want you to deliver far better value streams to your stakeholders.