Written by Callum Sinclair

The DLA Piper IPT team in Edinburgh has developed an innovative new contract template which they are piloting with selected clients.  The template is an agile software development contract.

Agile methodologies (such as Scrum) are an alternative to more traditional “waterfall” means of software development.  They are based around iterative stages of development with a high degree of customer collaboration throughout and offer flexibility and an ability to deal with evolving customer requirements where projects are managed well.  Whilst some agile methodologies have been around for 20 years or more, they have been slow to gain traction, in part due to a lack of well-developed contract forms.

Development of our template has involved a substantial investment in time and application of combined know-how and experience from a range of our fee-earners across the world. By “crowd-sourcing” feedback from our internal teams and selected clients beta-testing the template, we will continue to improve the template and develop other useful variants.

If you would be interested in receiving an early copy of the template and providing your input, please get in touch with Callum Sinclair.

Callum Sinclair also presented a recent global client webinar on agile alongside Scott Thiel (Hong Kong) – click here for a link to the webinar slides and recording.