GOTO Night; Agile fix price contracts

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Talk: “Agile fix price contracts in software projects”

In 2010, NIS AG introduced Scrum as its (management) framework for developing software solutions. The first team went through a steep learning curve. Many things we thought would be wrong in Scrum turned out to be cornerstones for success. In 2011 the second team adopted Scrum and end of 2012 we were ready for a first large agile software project with a key customer. Living and breathing Scrum, NIS AG invests a rather large amount of time in reviewing results, finding impediments and taking actions to remove them. The first two years provided the important groundwork and helped the team acquire the experience and skills for an agile software project. After a short introduction, the remainder of the presentation will focus on sharing best practices about agile contracts, the roles in an agile project, how to deal with uncertainty and transparent cost management. Erwin Saegesser is going to further share key lessons learned in areas such as relationship, scope and expectation management. Using examples he will comment on the few but important rules of Scrum, for example the management of impediments.

Short Bio: Erwin Saegesser

Erwin Saegesser worked in various regional and worldwide management positions for IT and NIS/GIS companies such as Intergraph and Autodesk. With more than 15 years of experience in the utilities market, product management, business development and innovation management, he leads the development team at NIS AG to provide utility customers intuitive and cutting edge solutions. Erwin Saegesser has a background in engineering and economics, and is a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP). As deputy director at NIS AG, he currently manages the engineering and product management teams.

Jeff Sutherland: Why you should use Scrum – Q&A

Dr. Jeff Sutherland is the co-creator of Scrum, and was a signer of the Agile Manifesto, which marked the start of the Agile movement. Jeff has served as VP of Engineering or CTO at eleven software companies, managing the last seven entirely using Scrum, and achieved industry-leading, hyper-productive results. Jeff is the Chairman of the scruminc, and Senior Advisor to OpenView Venture Partners where he is Agile coach for portfolio companies.

Target Audience The presentation is aimed at organizations who want to really engage customers in software projects, become more transparent and manage the unknown better. All goals which lead to innovative solutions and satisfied customers. The best practices shared are dedicated to the do’s and don’ts in agile fix price contracts and the important cornerstones for a successful project setup. It is assumed that participants are familiar with the principles of Scrum.

Date: Thursday, December 12, 2013 Time: 18:00 / 6pm Venue/Host: Holiday Inn Oerlikon Address: Wallisellenstrasse 48, 8050 Zürich Cost: Free of charge – snacks & refreshments included Speakers: Erwin Saegesser, Head of engineering and product management at NIS AG Max seats: 60 (first come – first served)

For questions or in case of cancellation, please send an e-mail to Bianca Legorreta via

No-shows will have to pay a fee of 50 CHF if they do not inform us before hand.

Agenda 1. Introduction by Trifork (5 min. Host of Scrum Certifications) 2. Presentation by Erwin Saegesser (45 min.) 3. Break with Snacks and Drinks (30 min.) 4. Q&A with Jeff and Speaker facilitated by Trifork (30 min) 5. Networking (Open End)