A Discussion of Agile Program Procurement

Having managed dozens of projects over a period of 20 years, it is the opinion of the author that a there are two basic realities that must be embraced to fully benefit from Agile:

  • “Something has to give” - Planning is important, but all successful projects leverage opportunities for elasticity, collaboration and resilience. 
  • “Sharing is caring” - Sharing objectives and risk between a vendor and a client usually facilitate “win/win” relationships leading to great software.

We believe that the best way for the Government and vendors to appropriately share risk under an Agile Development framework is to move away from a Fixed Firm Price/ Fixed Firm Scope system altogether, and instead move towards a model where Government buys fixed capacity in advance from a company (i.e. a team of a fixed size) and then assigns that team with tasks as projects arise.

Read more in our new white paper  - A Discussion of Agile ProgramProcurement. 


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