Agile contracting- Starting with the right mindset

One of the biggest challenges in achieving agility is the way contracts are written. More often than not, these contracts prove to be a deterrent to realize the ultimate benefits of Agile. The way contracts have done traditionally usually go well with the traditional way of building software where scope / time / cost are fixed. However when the focus is on delivering business value early to the customer for his competitive advantage, to reduce risk, cost by not building what is not needed, gain and retain users, traditional contracting does not help the cause. Agile is something that the entire organization has to embrace. It has to start with the sales team. It has to reflect in the contract. It has to start with the right mindset. It has to start with an Agile contract.

Third value of Agile manifesto is Customer collaboration over contract negotiation. Not only should this collaboration be expressed during project development, it should be expressed in the contract language as well.

In this talk + workshop session, I will be sharing various types of contracts that can be leveraged / customized for an Agile project, some good practices surrounding them and will be involving the participants into a small workshop of writing Statement Of Work (SOW) for Agile contracts related to a few real world scenarios.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

-Challenges using traditional contracting for Agile projects

-Various types of Agile contract models

-Do(s) and Dont(s) while writing an Agile contract

-Agile contract (SOW) writing workshop for the participants

-What does Agile community think about it?

-Debriefing 

Learning Outcome

-Why traditional contracting +Agile projects do not go hand in hand?

-Various Agile contract models to plug the hole

-Hands on experience of writing SOW (statement of work) for an Agile contract

-Do(s)and Dont(s) while writing an Agile contract

Target Audience

Agile enthusiasts, SM, Agile coach, Change agents, Sales team

schedule Submitted 11 months ago

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  • Prasad
    By Prasad  ~  11 months ago
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    Thank you so much.. Agile contracts is always a sticky wicket.. I suggest you to keep one or  two slides for the context and rest of the session should like run like a workshop, where  participants are  given some real  scenarios that requires Agile contract should be established, by end of your session, each participant should have created their perspectives on contract. You can summaries with what worked in your context   

    • AnkitTandon
      By AnkitTandon  ~  11 months ago
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      Great idea! Nothing better than getting some hands on experience of it. Thanks for the suggestion Prasad. I'm making changes in my proposal to reflect it. 

      Thanks,

      Ankit


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