Bitwise: Agile Contracting

InsightaaS: Regular readers of Across the Net will notice that we follow a few dozen information sources pretty closely, and that these authors appear regularly in this space. From time to time, though, we’ll branch out to include content that we come across in other contexts. That’s the case with today’s item, where we go to the blog of Schaumberg, Illinois-based IT consulting firm Bitwise to review a post on contracting for Agile development services. The post discusses the challenges of applying Agile in environments used to a Waterfall approach, and then looks at pros and cons of fixed billing, T&M and and shared risk (capped T&M) contracting models.

Remember that scene from Apollo 13? An explosion in Oxygen tank has crippled the space craft on its way to Moon and the ground crew is now worrying about the options to get the astronauts back home safely. Carbon dioxide levels are getting dangerously high and unless the air filters are replaced quickly, there’s no way the astronauts would survive their journey back home.

Fortunately, the spaceship’s got plenty of air filters. The only problem’s that in order to make them work, the crew has to fit these square shaped filters into round canisters of the Lunar Module. When Gene Kranz, Flight Director (played by Ed Harris) hears this, he says

“Well, I suggest you gentlemen invent a way to put a square peg in a round hole. Rapidly.”

As more development teams adopt Agile delivery methods in Waterfall driven organizations, they increasingly face the same challenges that the crew of Apollo 13 faced — how to make a square peg fit in a round hole!

Well, the answer is simple! Change the hole. Make it square.

More about the Round Hole

Adoption of Agile has not been easy. Trying to fit Agile into non-Agile framework such as Waterfall has been one of the top three challenges faced by development teams. Agile is challenging the way the business is being done….

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