28 Apr '15, 11pm

Reminder that fixed bids are bad for everyone:

Most software developers know that fixed bid contracts are bad for them. But what most clients don’t know is that fixed bids are bad for them as well. Traditionally, when a client needed a piece of software built they would draft a Request for Proposal (RFP). This document would describe exactly how the software should work. They would then submit this to consulting firms or freelancers to bid on the project. The developers would bid on the project, the client would choose which shop they liked best for the price and development would begin. Organizations of all shapes and sizes have been moving away from this process for years. The United States Government elegantly articulates in their playbook that they advocate structuring contracts to support: frequent deliverables, not multi-month milestones the flexibility to adjust feature prioritization as the project evolves The ...

Full article: https://robots.thoughtbot.com/why-fixed-bids-are-bad-for-...

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