As a program manager and senior solutions consultant, Jamie Cooke has delivered successful solutions for over 130 organizations across 27 industry sectors in Australia, Canada and the United States. She has found creative ways to work around the constraints in hundreds of contracts to achieve rewarding results for all stakeholders. Passionate about productivity, she spends her spare time researching and trialling methods that help people maximize the effectiveness of their work. She is also an award winning author of several books on Agile methods, including Everything You Want to Know About Agile: How to get Agile results in a less-than-Agile organization.
Establishing a contract that genuinely supports agile methods can be a significant challenge. By its very nature, a contract that specifies detailed, upfront deliverables contravenes the principles of flexibility and adaptation that are at the heart of agile. But it is possible—both parties just need to focus on results.