Anna Obukhova

This paper focuses on the management of the Agile projects running under Fixed Price Contracts.
On May 2008 Exigen Services announced the launch of Innovative Fixed-Price Agile Package. Flex-agility is a packaged services offering which combines Agile methodologies with customer-aligned governance and fixed priced commercial terms. This package provides customers certainty in on-time and on-budget delivery, eliminating the difficulty of changing requirements while guaranteeing maximum value from their IT investments.
The Flex-agility offering provides for changes to be introduced during any project without impacting the original schedule or budget. Use of Agile methods reduces the financial risks associated with large IT projects by treating the cause of the risk, not simply applying off-shore manpower.
The paper examines the experience of running this model and describes the details, know-how and success factors that should be met to work under these types of contracts.
At this moment several Fixed Price Agile contracts were completed and running and also this contractual model became standard approach for some of the large customers that have multiple projects running in XS.

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Anna Obukhova has MS in Biology, Computer Science and Management. Currently she is an EMBA student in Manchester Business School, Global Business flow.
Anna is working more than 10 years in IT, initially in Software testing, later in Project Management. Since 2005 she managed number of Agile (XP and Scrum) projects in manufacturing, banking, media and social networking areas.
Also she is holding an expert role in Agile Center of Excellence in Exigen services, collecting and sharing best industry and company practices in Agile management.
Currently Anna is working as a Project Manager on the customer side, managing several Agile projects in various countries and also as a Quality Program Manager is creating the unified quality framework for the program with over 70 projects.
As a professional business trainer, Anna is reading number of technical and management trainings in Exigen Services and also created the software testing course in Saint Petersburg Technical University. She is sharing her ideas and experience at the conferences and in publications.