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.