Procuring for agile: thoughts on what good looks like webinar

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Traditional procurement and legal drafting likes certainty, but increasingly projects, across all sectors, need to deal with unknowns during delivery - requiring agility. This webinar presented on Thursday 23 April 2020 looked at how contracts can be set up to embrace agile principles.

The APM Contracts and Procurement SIG recently published a white paper on when and how to procure projects which are towards the agile end of the waterfall-agile spectrum. These approaches have been applied in sectors such as mining, aviation and civil engineering. This webinar, delivered in an interview format with a panel of three of the white paper’s authors, covered:

  • when could an agile approach be suitable?
  • is your organisation ready for it: the internal changes that are needed for an agile contracting approach to be successful
  • our top ten characteristics of an agile contract
  • preparing the contract: it’s a project
  • selecting the agile provider
  • key considerations for agile contract management.

The panel illustrated their points with examples from real life projects.



Dr Jon Broome is the APM Contracts and Procurement SIG Chair, and trustee director of APM. He has put together a number of commercial and contractual arrangements which it turns out have agile characteristics.

Jason Sprague is a managing consultant for ASE Consulting a Gemserv company. He specialises in transformation having worked within some of the largest change projects in the UK bringing together technology, commercial and organisational culture.

Olubukola Feyisetan is a project professional with over 16 years of experience in UK central government, working with teams that deliver change to the public. She is an APM Contracts and Procurement SIG committee member.
Olubukola has a BSc. Microbiology degree with qualifications in PRINCE2 Practitioner, MSP Practitioner, and APMG Better Business cases. 

John Lake is secretary of the SIG and has a career spanning 30+ years in technical, project and general management, predominantly within the high-technology sector. He is currently an independent contracting project manager.

Will Webster is Head of IT for APM who recently awarded an ‘agile contract’ to improve our website. He has previous experience of agile.

This webinar is suitable for professionals with any level of experience.

The presenters have very kindly allowed their presented material to be made available for viewing.
The slides on Slideshare and the webinar recording on YouTube is now available in our APM resources area and also embedded below for reference.



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APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition reference

Section Description
Life cycle options and choices
Iterative life cycles
Shaping the early cycle
Procurement strategy
Integrated planning
Contract award
Controlling deployment
Contract management


Posted on 23rd Apr 2020
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