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Ten contracts for your next Agile project

As a customer or supplier of software services at the beginning of an Agile software development project, you know that there is too much at stake to work with just a verbal agreement. Although the Agile Manifesto values customer collaboration above contracts, written contracts are often necessary when working with external suppliers. What do you need to know? How can the contract help you achieve a good result? What are the traps to avoid?
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Ten years ago, I wrote an article for called Ten Contracts for Your Next Agile Project. Artem Marchenko, the founder and editor, was really enthusiastic about this article and pushed me to make it thorough, well-researched and well-documented. This article became a popular reference. I was invited to speak about the ten contract forms at the Munich Scrum Gathering in October 2009. And I was thrilled to see the search autocomplete suggest the title after typing just “10 contracts.”

Alas, ASD is no more, but various people have requested that I republish the article. Last fall I started working on an update. I got it “90% finished” but never quite got around to publishing it.

A few days ago, while attending Jacopo Romei’s meetup on “Extreme Contracting”, I was surprised to see some of my original language and risk/reward diagrams reproduced in his presentation – with attribution to someone else! It’s clear: The topics in this book are still relevant!

I went on the Internet and discovered that the original article and presentation are hard to find and many of the reproductions are without attribution. So enough procrastination, it is time to republish!

I have learned a lot about Agility in the last ten years. The community has advanced a lot in this time. So, an update is more than necessary.

One caution: IANAL. I am not a lawyer. The advice in the following pages is based on my experience as a consultant, trainer and entrepreneur. If you need advice, get the advice you need. It may seem expensive, but good advice can be much cheaper than no advice!

I have expanded the original two articles into a 58 page-book which should serve as a lightweight guide for your next Agile software project! 

You can get the whole book now, or you can read it a chapter at a time as I publish it here under under the label ten contracts. As I publish the chapters (scheduled for a period of three weeks), I will activate the links below.

Ten contracts for your next Agile project, by Peter Stevens
Table of contents

7.8. Fixed-Profit

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