Running Agile Projects on a fixed budget.
Businesses want to leverage Agile approaches within the software development teams to be responsive, flexible and quick. However, there is an internal mismatch within the organisations in the way that budgets are set and allocated. There are many occasions where people fail to acknowledge this simple reality. As a result “muddling through” gets very painful and on occasion expensive.
At Emeis, we recognise the importance of the commercial alignment and embed this in our project planning. One technique that we have employed to good effect in fixed budget situations is change for free. Change for Free is based on the idea that the customer can make any change, provided that the total volume of work is not changed. This allows new features to be added provided that lower priority items are removed from the project.