Tom Gilb and Kai Gilb



Tom Gilb and Kai Gilb have, together with many professional friends and clients, personally developed the agile methods they teach. The methods have been developed over five decades of practice all over the world in both small companies and projects, as well as in the largest companies and projects. Their website www.gilb.com/downloads offers free papers, slides, and cases about agile and other subjects.

There are many organisations, and individuals, who use some or all of their methods. IBM and HP were two early corporate-wide adopters (1980, 1988). Recently (2012) over 15,000 engineers at Intel have voluntarily adopted the Planguage requirements specification methods; in addition to practicing to a lesser extent Evo, Spec QC and other Gilb methods. Many other multinationals are in various phases of adopting and practicing the Gilb methods. Many smaller companies also use the methods.

Tom Gilb

Tom is the author of nine published books, and hundreds of papers on agile and related subjects. His latest book ‘Competitive Engineering’ (CE) is a detailed handbook on the standards for the ‘Evo’ (Evolutionary) Agile Method, and also for Agile Spec QC. The CE book also, uniquely in the agile community, defines an Agile Planning Language, called ‘Planguage’ for Quality Value Delivery Management. His 1988 book, Principles of Software Engineering Management (now in 20th Printing) is the publicly acknowledged source of inspiration from leaders in the agile community (Beck, Highsmith, and many more), regarding iterative and incremental development methods. Research (Larman, Southampton University) has determined that Tom was the earliest published source campaigning for agile methods (Evo) for IT and Software. His first 20-sprint agile (Evo) incremental value delivery project was done in 1960, in Oslo. Tom has guest lectured at universities all over UK, Europe, China, India, USA, Korea – and has been a keynote speaker at dozens of technical conferences internationally.

Kai Gilb

Kai Gilb has partnered with Tom in developing these ideas, holding courses and practicing them with clients since 1992. He coaches managers and product owners, writes papers, develops the courses, and is writing his own book, ‘Evo – Evolutionary Project Management & Product Development.’ Tom & Kai work well as a team; they approach the art of teaching their common methods somewhat differently. Consequently the students benefit from two different styles.



Articles by Tom Gilb and Kai Gilb


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