AGILE IS NOT JUST A METHODOLOGY

IT'S A MINDSET
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First Step

Agile is not only fits for a changing requirements, rather the correct philosophy is to deliver incrementally, a small piece of work and then integrate it that gives a high value at that time and so enable early inspect and so quick learning on the actual progress and any risks. In such a case, agile can also be used for a FP project.

The next

Agile create a transparent layer with all stakeholders to trade off between the quality and the quantity. Even if we deliver 70% of quality delivers out of a fixed scope and we can easily trade off 30% unfinished items as by the time all those risks and dependencies lag must have surfaced out and so that will create a genuine case to support this missing 30%.

What matters is how much we have delivered and how the customer is delighted. No matter whatever we do to meet both fixed scope and fixed price then quality has to suffer. On the other side as we see a challenge for a service based organization for resource overloading which may not help either side.

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Third

Inception decks and trade off slides will only work when there is a flexible either scope or budget, but in most FP price both are not flexible. So in such a situation, we can still deliver those at high values requirements.

The next

What is most important at FP is first to delight your customer with that 70% of delivery and bring a transparent increments and so can flexible, where we can not deliver 30% and that can be managed at various stakeholders layer and of course impact will be minimized as we delivered 70% of high business value with various change requests , directly from customer on those 70% deliveries.

And what Next – One very important aspect here is to get ready for any change requests as we can not ignore those , if we want to deliver and delight customers. What best we can do is to prepare the backlog with right set of information as much possible at the first chance , by interacting with a product owner and second let the development team be part while translating those into stories. This is to make sure protecting from scope creep. I am not pointing on detailed upfront, but as possible.

Conclusion: We can still run a FP project using scrum. As it is true no project should look like ” Fixed Price but variable scope” .

Reference: Linkedin Discussion on Fixed bid project

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challenges

Top challenges for agile

Now what are top challenges for agile in a fixed price project? Agile framework is now mostly used in IT projects for its flexibility to adopt change, for its ability to get early feedback and for its small development life cycle to enable incremental delivery. While it is more flexible to accept innovation and changes at […]
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changes

Major changes

Fear of scope creep, Risk of any major changes Fixed price projects means fixed scope. Every fixed scope associate with fixed milestones. And so there is a minimal scope for adopting any change requests. Changes which are under scope and which can easily be accommodated are only accepted.In such a case it minimizes agile principles […]
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client

client

Client: Aerospace Domain Project: Fixed Price & Fixed Schedule Initiation: The project was developed in a vendor premises, who won the project in a competitive bid. The whole project was running in an Scrum Framework, where both the scope & schedule was fixed. Environment: Distributed Agile Challenges: There were few milestones & quality gates were […]
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Risk avoidance

Risk avoidance

Risk avoidance with upfront need clarification Agile in fixed price project fails as there is low scope for any progressive elaboration of requirements. It need to spend time in freezing initial requirements and so it looks like a mini waterfall  for product delivery. Unsustainable development with more pressure on delivery team In a fixed budget, project […]
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solution

Solution

Defined MVP with an ordered list of product backlog Items. We kept delivering those high valued user stories on every iteration and flushing out low priority user stories towards later part of the release. Monitoring release burn down chart and preparing the projection on required sprints on current schedule. Descoped certain user stories by product […]
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Transparency

Low Transparency Collaboration between customer and development team reduces in a fixed price adopting agile. Agile in fixed price project always brings a mindset in delivering the end product. So there is a thereat to a transparent communication between all stakeholders. Quality is compromised. Focus also in organizational profit out of the project delivery. Unlike reimbursed […]
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