Negotiated Scope Contract





Negotiated Scope Contract

Write contracts for software development that fix time, costs, and quality but call for an ongoing negotiation of the precise scope of the system. Reduce risk by signing a sequence of short contracts instead of one long one.

You can move in the direction of negotiated scope. Big, long contracts can be split in half or thirds, with the optional part to be exercised only if both parties agree. Contracts with high costs for "change requests" can be written with less scope fixed up front and lower costs for changes.

Negotiated scope contracts are a piece of software development advice. They're are a mechanism for aligning the interests of suppliers and customers to encourage communication and feedback, and to give everyone the courage to do what looks right today, not do something ineffective just because it is in the contract. They might be unwise for you at the moment for business or legal reasons. Moving in the direction of negotiated scope gives you a source of information with which to improve.


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