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China Summary Translation: 'How to Contract for Agile Development Services'

Published: 17 February 2016

ID: G00297474

Analyst(s): Tina T. Tang, Neil Barton


Sourcing managers are challenged to reconcile the collaborative, flexible culture of agile software development with the more rigid discipline of managing application outsourcing contracts. Sourcing strategies must be modified to adopt agile's trust principles while verifying that vendors deliver.

Table Of Contents



How to Contract for Agile Development Services

  • Key Challenges
  • Recommendations



  • Set an Agile Sourcing Strategy
  • Select Multiple Agile-Capable Service Providers
  • Write Agile Framework Contracts
  • Manage Agile Contracts for Quality
    • Colocate, or Distribute With Care
    • Define "Done"
    • Use Quality Metrics

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