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.
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.
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.
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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