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Identify and Reduce Agile Contract Risk

Discover the differences between Agile and non-Agile contracts and how to protect yourself.

  • Customer maturity levels with Agile are low, with 67% of organizations using Agile for less than five years.
  • Customer competency levels with Agile are also low, with 84% of organizations stating they are below a high level of competency.
  • Contract disputes are the number one or two types of disputes faced by organizations across all industries.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Agile contracts require different wording and protections than traditional or waterfall contracts.
  • Agile buzzwords by themselves do not create an Agile contract.
  • There is a delicate balance between being overly prescriptive in an Agile contract and too lax.

Impact and Result

  • Identify options for Agile contract provisions.
  • Manage Agile contract risk by selecting the appropriate level of protections for an Agile project.
  • Harness the power of Agile development and collaboration with the vendor while preserving contractual flexibility.
  • Focus on the correct contract clauses to manage Agile risk.

Identify and Reduce Agile Contract Risk Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should treat Agile contracts differently from traditional or waterfall contracts, and review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the twelve contract clauses that are different for Agile contracts.

1. Identify and evaluate options

Use the information in this blueprint and Info-Tech’s Agile Contract Playbook-Checklist to review and assess your Agile contracts, ensuring that the provisions and protections are suitable for Agile contracts specifically.

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Workshop: Identify and Reduce Agile Contract Risk

Workshops offer an easy way to accelerate your project. If you are unable to do the project yourself, and a Guided Implementation isn't enough, we offer low-cost delivery of our project workshops. We take you through every phase of your project and ensure that you have a roadmap in place to complete your project successfully.

Module 1: Identify and Evaluate Options

The Purpose

To understand Agile-specific contract clauses, to improve risk identification, and to be more effective at negotiating Agile contract terms.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Increased awareness of how Agile contract provisions are different from traditional or waterfall contracts in 12 key areas.
  • Understanding available options.
  • Understanding the impact of being too prescriptive.




Review the Agile Contract Playbook-Checklist.

  • Configured Playbook-Checklist as applicable

Review 12 contract provisions and reinforce key learnings with exercises.

  • Exercise results and debrief

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  • Call 1: Review definitions and glossary terms; discuss scope.
  • Call 2: Discuss governance issues and concerns.
  • Call 3: Review pricing methodologies.
  • Call 4: Evaluate term and termination options.
  • Call 5: Discuss key personnel concepts and potential deliverables categories.
  • Call 6: Review acceptance and warranties.
  • Call 7: Assess IP-related needs: rights and indemnification.


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