Agile + DevOps West 2020 Concurrent Session : Delivering Agile Results on a Fixed-Scope Contract

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Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Delivering Agile Results on a Fixed-Scope Contract

What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? In this case, the immovable object is a contract with extensive requirements embedded in the scope and no flexibility for leveraging agile methods. The unstoppable force is the agile delivery team determined to find a way to make agile methods work, even with this seemingly insurmountable hurdle. Iterative waterfall delivery against a predefined scope goes against everything agile stands for. The solution is a combination of proven strategies to transform this rigid contract into an agile platform for delivering the highest-value features that emerge as the project progresses. In this interactive session, Jamie Lynn Cooke will give multiple techniques for adapting fixed-scope contracts to align with agile methods, such as identifying the flexible contract terms that you can leverage, turning detailed requirements matrices into adaptable product backlogs, and retrofitting your agile deliverables to align with contract milestones. Attendees are invited to send their current contracts (after removing all identifying information) to [email protected] for resolution at the session, so we can explore real-world examples of negotiating more agile contracts.

Jamie Cooke
Both Hemispheres LLC

As a program manager and senior solutions consultant, Jamie Cooke has delivered successful solutions for over 130 organizations across 27 industry sectors in Australia, Canada and the United States. She has found creative ways to work around the constraints in hundreds of contracts to achieve rewarding results for all stakeholders. Passionate about productivity, she spends her spare time researching and trialling methods that help people maximize the effectiveness of their work. She is also an award winning author of several books on Agile methods, including Everything You Want to Know About Agile: How to get Agile results in a less-than-Agile organization.