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Contracting for Agile Projects

Duration: 1 Day 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Continuing Education Hours: 8

Workshop Description:

Many organizations are being challenged with technology procurement activities as more and more work has an information technology (IT) or other creative development component. One reason is that many organizations prefer their suppliers to use the newer Agile methodology for contracted work. The challenge is manifest in that there is a mismatch between standard contracting practices and the Agile methodology. Previously used development methodologies used versions of traditional project management (sometimes called waterfall) which aligned with contracting practices (i.e., for a RFP, the buyers defined the work to be done and resulting deliverables in the SOW, and the potential vendors responded with their proposals of how they would do the work and how much to bid for this effort). Agile methodologies do not allow the definition of the deliverables prior to contract award and the work starting, which significantly challenges and complicates contracting activities. This course looks at contracting approaches that agencies can use which synchronize with the newer Agile approach and allow them to function successfully in this environment.

Who Should Attend:
  • Anyone who creates or manages contracts, or is involved in planning, executing, or managing projects, especially adaptive and Agile/Lean environments.
  • Anyone who wants to learn about Agile techniques, and the attendant complications caused in contracting agile work.
Course/Workshop topics:
  • Comprehend the perceived weaknesses of the traditional project management approach to accomplish certain types of development work, and hence the popularity of the newer Agile approach.
  • The newer Agile approach to project work.
  • Recognize the difficulty of using standard procurement/contracting approaches to projects using Agile techniques.
  • Consider effective approaches to accomplishing procurement/contracting for Agile efforts.
Benefits of Attendance participants will:
  • Differentiate between traditional project work and the new Agile techniques.
  • Understand the complications and complexity of contracting for Agile projects.
  • Understand the Agile philosophy and implications for project work and contracts.
  • Describe the weaknesses and lack of synchronization that traditional contracting approaches bring to Agile efforts.
  • Explore and understand the variety of contracting approaches to successfully approaching and executing a contract for Agile efforts.