Project management in software is both changing and has changed, and in the last decade the Agile method has become dominant. Initially, Agile (and its many related specific methods) was adopted by software companies themselves, who were able to implement iterative processes by forming teams and focusing on sprints without affecting product release dates. But as Agile has been adopted by contractors, it has exposed constraints of the typical form of services contracts. Traditional project management and traditional contracts could rely on an SOW attached to a services contract, describing milestone dates and deliverables, together with the fees and costs. Agile, which emphasizes flexibility and adaptability, may require a different approach.

This session provides perspective on how to bring contracting practices in line with Agile development methods. Presenters, John Grant and Leigh Gill, bring experience from their backgrounds inside software companies, as consultants, and through their work as project managers. They will also discuss how Agile principle are being adopted and used increasingly by lawyers and law firms, and the future of the agile lawyer.

John E. Grant is Founder of the Agile Attorney Network, a resource for lawyers and legal teams looking to harness the tools of modern entrepreneurship to build more successful, sustainable, and scalable practices. He also leads the legal project management and process improvement function for Fisher Phillips, a national labor and employment firm. John has been working at the intersection of Agile and Legal since 2013, and has trained hundreds of lawyers how to use Agile methodologies for increased productivity and greater delivery of client value. He can be reached through the contact page at

Leigh Gill is a second career lawyer, having worked previously as a software project manager. Leigh is an attorney at Immix Law Group, a law firm for growing companies with offices in Portland and Seattle, and seeks to recognize and support business realities while providing superior legal services. Leigh’s practice is primarily intellectual property and technology, informed by his experience on the business side, and driven by a desire to help great ideas enter the world.

When: Tuesday May 30th, 2017 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Where: Kell’s Irish Restaurant & Pub, 112 SW 2nd Ave., Portland, OR 97204 (503) 227-4057
$22 for Technology Law members;
$27 for other bar members and non-lawyers;
$18 for students.
This cost includes lunch.
MCLE Credit: The Technology Law Section will apply for one (1) general CLE credit

Please make checks payable to “Oregon State Bar.”

Part 1: Drafting Contracts in an Agile World, and the Gymnastics Required

Part 1: Drafting Contracts in an Agile World, and the Gymnastics Required

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