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4 Agile Contracts

Monday, 27 October – 8:30-17:00 Full day

Mary Poppendieck, Poppendieck.LLC, mary@poppendieck.com
Ken Schwaber, Advanced Development Methods, Inc., ken.schwaber@verizon.net
Tom Poppendieck, Poppendieck.LLC, tom@poppendieck.com

Agile Contracts. Are these two words an oxymoron? Contracts have played a very important role in the business of software development; in fact, much of this work is in fact done 'under contract'. Organizations adopting agile methodologies are finding it hard to write contracts for software development without compromising the core values and practices. The Agile Contracts workshop is your chance to help the agile community identify ways contracts can be structured and worded to support agile software development.

Come prepared to participate! Come and participate in the discussion about how to structure agile software development contracts and take away many great ideas, no matter which side of a software development contract you find yourself.

"I learned more from this workshop than from any other session," said one Agile Contracts Workshop participant at XP 2003. Use gaming theory to understand the motivations of contracting parties. Share examples of a contract structure, which had either good or bad effects on agile software development. Work with a small team to devise a contracting strategy, which supports agile software development.

Leave a Legacy. The good ideas generated in this workshop will be posted to the web for all to see.