Over the years I’ve built up a bit of knowledge about commercial contracts in an Agile environment. This is not something I really noticed until a few months ago when Laurence Bascle asked me to talk to the Agile4Agencies meetup group on just this subject.
Laurence’s interest came from a piece I published in InfoQ a few years back - Agile Contract Options - but more recently I published “Dear Customer, the truth about IT projects” in the Agile Journal (which later became Agile Connection). Dear Customer has become something of an ever-green, I use it as a prologue in Xanpan and it regularly gets rediscovered and Tweeted about.
So I sat down and compiled all my thinking into a presentation which I have now delivered twice and is available online. (Funnily enough, Ewan Milne did a similar presentation to Agile on the Beach 2013 also based on my original article!).
Now as some readers will be aware, this year I have been experimenting with video recordings as alternatives to the written word. I’m still learning here but after chatting with director Brian Barnes (OK, the only director I know, but a) it sounds good to say that and b) he has a new independent film out soon which need plug, trailer on that link) I though I’d try my hand at video again.
I’ve broken the Agile Contracts presentation into 11 short recordings and published them on YouTube. Each recording is between two and three minutes long:
- Part 1: Introduction
- Part 2: Customers
- Part 3: Hide Agile (option 1)
- Part 4: Time and Materials (option 2)
- Part 5: No Cure, No Pay (option 3)
- Part 6: Money for nothing, change for free (option 4)
- Part 7: Rolling Contracts (option 5)
- Part 8: Two bids (option 6)
- Part 9: Rethinking contracts
- Part 10: Rethinking sales
- Part 11: Conclusion
I’d love to have feedback and comments, just e-mail me as usual. Really my question is: should I try this format again?