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Everything you want to know about Agile by Jamie Lynn Cooke

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CHAPTER 16: ESTABLISHING AGILE CONTRACTS

If you manage an IT department that develops software for external clients, you will find that establishing a contract that genuinely supports Agile approaches can be a significant challenge for your organization. By its very nature, a contract that specifies detailed upfront deliverables contravenes the principles of flexibility and adaptation that are at the heart of Agile approaches63. However, the actual problem is not the detail in a contract – it is the unspoken reason why the detail is there in the first place.

Although the detail in a contract is often mandated by compliance requirements, organizational standards and legal imperatives, underpinning this detail is a lack of trust in the relationship ...

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