Ah, geez; not this periodization stuff again. BFS is a book; it includes a lot of things. They call it their own rotational system; those in the know would just call it concurrent (not to be confused with conjugated, which implies that the training goals change based on perceived weaknesses and not just time of year).
Any novice athlete will make progress on any program. Shepard does a decent job on some stuff and is really off (IMO) on other things, including encouraing use of lifting belts and lumbar flexion with deadlifts.
I'd say they share a few traits in common, but on the whole are completely different.
I'd include a self-assessment chapter for the athlete and then give him a few programs from which to choose based on those outcomes.
Similar to BFS in what regard? Training young athletes?