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IITP Lightning Talk: Contracts for Agile ICT projects

21 July 2015: 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm

Buddle Findlay
State Insurance Tower
Level 17
1 Willis Street
Wellington 6011

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ICT development and implementation projects delivered using 'Agile' methodology (rather than the more traditional 'waterfall' approach) are increasingly becoming mainstream.  There are of course a number of agile methodologies. However, they often share common features which are designed to ensure flexibility and adaptability over the life of the project to allow for evolving customer requirements. These features in particular make agile methodologies attractive to suppliers and customers alike.

But ICT projects always involve risk - technical risk, commercial/financial risk and legal risk. Use of agile methodologies doesn't remove all risk of project failure but requires customers and suppliers to think about risk differently and to potentially contract on quite different terms than they are used to.

This Lightning Talk features three professionals with different perspectives on Agile. They will talk about the benefits and risks relating to use of agile methodologies in ICT projects and how contracts might address these. There will be plenty of opportunity for Q&A and discussion and we'll wrap up the evening with some drinks and nibbles and a chance to catch up with others interested in this area. 

Whether you're new to agile contracts, want to learn more or are a seasoned expert, this session is for you. The floor is yours!



Tuesday, 21 July 2015:

  • 4.15pm Arrive
  • 4.30pm 3 x 5 minute introductions
  • 4.45pm Q&A and facilitated discussion
  • 5.30pm Discussion concludes, drinks and nibbles 


About The Speakers

Amy Ryburn is a Senior Associate in Buddle Findlay's corporate and finance team who specialises in commercial contracting and procurement - particularly in relation to ICT projects. She acts for a wide range of both public and private sector entities.

Amy has a particular interest in how commercial contracts can be better drafted to reflect new models of ICT delivery and to support and promote ICT project success. She recently gained Prince2 practitioner accreditation and is a regular speaker on commercial contracting issues such as risk allocation in commercial contracts.

John Rusk has worked in the Wellington IT sector since 1995, primarily in senior technical roles. He is currently Software Development Manager/ Application Architect at OPSRI New Zealand, working on projects to trace livestock and eradicate bovine tuberculosis. His writing on software development has been published by Project Management Institute (PMI), the US Department of Defense and the New Zealand Institute of IT Professionals. He has spoken at industry events in Australia, the US and NZ, with a focus in recent years on people skills for software engineers.

Warren Tocker is a senior Wellington finance professional and a Director of people&co. He is today jointly responsible for the running of people&co.'s business operations and the leadership of the Finance and Consulting recruiting offering.

Warren has had a varied and exciting career which includes being head of the management consulting arm of Ernst & Young, head of marketing for Tourism Queenstown and Chief Financial Officer for a major government department and a regional council.



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Jointly hosted by Buddle Findlay and IITP.  




Registration Details:

Registration is free, however places are limited and registration is essential. 

Please note that this session may be video or audio recorded for viewing by other members at a later date. As it is possible that audience members may be incidentally recorded, please let us know if you specifically want to be excluded and we will ensure you are not shown.

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