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How to Contract for Agile Development Services

Published: 07 April 2017

ID: G00325642

Analyst(s): Gilbert van der Heiden , Neil Barton , Nathan Wilson


Sourcing and vendor management leaders must reconcile the collaborative, flexible culture of agile software development with the more rigid discipline of managing application outsourcing contracts. Modify sourcing strategies to adopt agile's trust principles while verifying that vendors deliver.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • 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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