Off-shore, Fixed Price and still Agile. How does that work?

This session is tentatively in the program. After November the 1st we will know whether this session will be able to run at xp days benelux.

  • Presenters: Marco Jansen
  • Type: Experience Report & Simulation
  • Duration: 90
  • Audience: People who are (going to be) involved in agile projects that are running in multiple locations. People who are (going to be) involved in fixed price projects.
Objectives

Share lessons learned and let participants experience what the effect is of working on two different locations in two different time zones.

Abstract

During the last year the presenters worked on a product development project that had a duration of one year, a fixed-price contract, customers in the UK, a 3 person team in the UK and a 35 person team in India that was run in an Agile way. This experience report tells about which Agile practices still hold in this situation and which Agile practices needs to be adjusted. It covers topics like how to run a distributed stand-up, when to split teams, how to negotiate scope when having a fixed price contract, how to build a relationship between the customer and the team in Bangalore and the value of weekly showcases. It also covers the impact of traffic congestion and the wild job market in Bangalore.

During a simulation the participants will experience what the effect is of working on two different locations in two different time zones.

Benefits of participating

  • Experience what the impact is on working on two different locations in two different time zones.
  • Get tips on how to be Agile while working under a fixed price contract
  • Get tips on how to be Agile while working in two different locations
  • Get tips on how to be Agile while working in two different time zones
  • Get tips on how to be Agile while working with a team of 35 people
What will the organisers learn

  • Hear experiences of other people with fixed price projects
  • Hear experiences of other people with off-shore projects
  • Further improve the off-shore simulation
Session Outline

  • 5 min Introduction
  • 30 min Simulation
  • 45 min Experience Report
  • 10 min Contingency