Library Spotlight: Agile Procurement and Contracts Symposium

We recently held the Agile Procurement and Contracts Symposium with an absolutely amazing lineup of speakers. In a little under 2 hours, we explored how to engage your partners in a collaborative procurement event and how to write an agile contract.

Here you’ll find the individual 15 minute stories from each of our speakers. If you’d like to see the Symposium in it’s including the Q/A, jump to the bottom of this page.

Dean LeffingwellAgile Procurement & Contracts by Dean Leffingwell

The move to Lean-Agile development challenges buyers and suppliers alike to find contract constructs that provide for the flexibility to support emerging requirements and designs. In this brief tutorial, Dean Leffingwell will describe an overview of one such construct, an “Agile Managed Investment Contract”, an approach which aligns buyers and suppliers to better optimize economic outcomes for both. « watch »


 Procurement on Disruption by Mirko Kleiner

With the lean procurement canvas and lean-agile procurement we offer a similar disruptive approach for procurement and partner management as the business model canvas and lean startup were for business development. It’s now possible to source even complex cases in DAYS instead of MONTHS!-We’d like to share our learnings from the field and the outcomes for customers, employees and stakeholders. « watch »


Stewart JamesWhy lawyers don’t like Agile by Stewart James

Lawyers like certainty – certainty of outcome, cost, quality, time and more. Agile methodologies are anathema to lawyers and traditional contractual models emasculate flexibility, apportioning risk to the party most able to pay and creating an adversarial environment contrary to the principle of collaboration.

The lack of reliable, comprehensive precedents for Agile contracts makes lawyers the biggest barrier to the achievement of Agile outcomes between businesses. « watch »


allan kellyAgile Contracts a Template by Allan Kelly

“Our clients want to know what they are buying, how much it will cost and when it will be ready. In the real world we can’t sign agile contracts.”

Undoubtedly the problem most suppliers – and their clients – face is the demand to know how much something will cost and when it will be ready. To pass up such opportunities would be commercial suicide for many companies. But a few suppliers are willing to reframe contracts and take a different approach. As a result they are finding more work and their clients are enjoying a better result. In this presentation Allan Kelly will look at the key elements of an Agile contract and show how they can act as a filter for weeding out poor performers. « watch »


Larry CooperIt’s never just an IT Project by Larry Cooper

Procure and implement a learning management system (LMS). Another similar organization had just done the same, so just grab their RFP (all 246 pages of it), make some modifications to suit your context, and off you go. Seems easy enough. One caveat. You must use Scrum to run the procurement process.

That sounds easy enough as well. Except…no one on the team has experience using Scrum as part of a procurement. And the response of the Scrum coaches when asked to help is…it can’t be done. Here’s an idea. Let’s start with WHY…WHY are you doing this? WHY now? Who else’s WHY might matter? This is the story of an LMS procurement for a Crown Corporation in Canada that struggled with staying within the confines of traditional policies and rules governing procurement, while at the same time trying to use this thing called Scrum to run a procurement. « watch »


Manjit Singh

3 Ways To Restore Government Contracts for Agile Services by Manjit Singh

Governments are increasingly buying agile services. Yet these agile services are bought and governed by the same contracts used for waterfall development. This generates significant challenges for a successful delivery and governance of projects and services using agile delivery methods. Based on experience working with government agencies, the talk presents 3 key elements needed in contracts to succeed with agile services and to realize value. « watch »


Complete Symposium (including Q/A)

If you’d like to watch the entire Symposium (including the Q/A), here it is for your viewing pleasure.

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