Peter Stevens Scrum Breakfast Blog


What are they talking about? A glossary of Scrum and Agile terminology

What are they talking about? What is the difference between acceptance criteria and the definition of done? Every field has its own special vocabulary and agile […]

Recommendations for an Agile contract

A contract manages some risks but not all of them. More importantly, the contract defines the playing rules, which in turn drive people’s behavior.  What would […]

Joint Ventures

A marriage made in heaven…? Or hell?! Contracts are often about one party establishing control over the other party. What if two equal partners are collaborating […]

Money for Nothing, Changes for Free

“Money for Nothing, Changes for Free” encourages both customers and suppliers to focus on value. A key advantage of Scrum projects is that at least once […]

Bonus and Penalty Clauses

Bonus and Penalty Clauses look good on paper but work better with things you can build out of concrete. If you are building to a critical […]

Phased Development

A Phased Development contract is similar to how venture capitalists work with start-ups. It keeps stakeholders in the loop while delegating most decisions to the product […]

Time and Materials with Variable Scope and a Cost Ceiling

For customers that aren’t used to working with Scrum, this might feel like a leap of faith, because they don’t know exactly what they will get […]

Time and Materials with Fixed Scope and a Cost Ceiling

Sometimes I call this, “heads I win, tails you lose.” Any outcome that does exactly use all the budget results in less profit for the supplier. […]

Time and Materials (T&M) Projects

Sometimes I think this is the “holy grail” for consultants: Permission to work forever, predictable profits and all the risks carried by the customer. It also […]