Tom Gilb

Tom Gilb

Agile Granddaddy
Gilb International
location_on Norway

Member since 1 year


Tom Gilb

Specialises In
Agile Evo Evolutionary Software Development Software Metrics

Tom Gilb was born in Pasadena in 1940, emigrated to London 1956, and to Norway 1958, where he joined IBM for five years, and where he resides, and works, when not traveling extensively.

He has mainly worked within the software engineering community, but since 1983 with Corporate Top Management problems, and since 1988 with large-scale systems engineering (Aircraft, Telecoms, and Electronics).

He is an independent teacher, consultant, and writer.

Biographical Summary 

He has published fourteen books, including the early coining of the term "Software Metrics" (1976) which is the recognized foundation ideas for IBM CMM/SEI CMM/CMMI Level 4.

He wrote, "Principles of Software Engineering Management" (1988, in 2006 in 20th printing), and "Software Inspection" (1993, about 14th printing). Both titles are systems engineering books in software disguise. His latest book is 'Competitive Engineering: A Handbook for Systems Engineering, Requirements Engineering, and Software Engineering Management Using Planguage,' published by Elsevier, Summer 2005.

In 2016 Tom released his new management planning book, ‘Value Planning,’ in digital format only.

He is a frequent keynote speaker, invited speaker, panelist, and tutorial speaker at international conferences.

He has published hundreds of papers. One paper (Laws of Unreliability, Datamation, March 1975) gave his Laws of Unreliability (over 22,000 Google hits).

He has guest lectured at many dozens of universities (including U. C. Berkeley, Stanford, Seattle University, London School of Economics, University of Oslo, Technical University of Trondheim, TU Munich, Tampere and Helsinki Technical Universities, University of San Luis Obispo, and The International Institute of Information Technology IIIT Bangalore.

Tom Gilb is recognized as the founder or major driver of several technical disciplines such as ‘software metrics’ and ‘evolutionary project management,’ as well as being an innovative pioneer in Inspections, and the inventor of the planning language Planguage. He is directly recognized as the idea source for parts of the Agile and Extreme programming methods (primarily the incremental cycles). Tom and Kai have recently developed their Agile Inspections and Agile Evolutionary Project Management processes, that are being successfully used by clients.

He consults and teaches in partnership with his son Kai Gilb, worldwide. He happily contributes teaching and consulting pro bono to developing countries (India, China, Russia for example), to Defense Organizations (UK, USA, Norway, NATO) and charities (Norwegian Christian Aid and others).

He enjoys giving time to anyone, especially students, writers, consultants, and teachers, who are interested in his ideas - or who have some good ideas of their own. He is a member of INCOSE (

His methods are widely and officially adopted by many organizations such as IBM, Nokia, Ericsson, HP, Intel, Citigroup - and many other large and small organizations.