Programme details

Managing Legal Risk in Agile Projects

Thursday 11:55am - 12:25pm, (Christchurch venue)

Back in 2016 Amy Ryburn spoke at the ITX conference on "Contracting for Agile Projects". She touched on the benefits of using agile methodologies, why lawyers unfamiliar with the methodologies may approach them with some scepticism, and how contracts might be better drafted to address to reap the benefits of agile processes.

Five years on and we've seen an exponential rise in the use of agile methodology, including for increasingly large and business-critical projects. We appreciate the significant potential benefits to using agile methodology and we understand the desire suppliers and customers use agile methodologies to achieve better outcomes. That said, in the past five years we've been involved in a number of agile projects which have failed (sometimes pretty spectacularly). While the same is obviously true for waterfall projects, it is clear to us that contracting for agile projects involves some real challenges from a legal perspective, particularly in relation to how disputes are managed and resolved when agile projects go off the rails.

In this session, Amy and Damien Steel-Baker share our legal perspective on these challenges and our thoughts on how organisations might lessen the risk of project failure and better deal with disputes if they arise.


Amy Ryburn

Partner at Buddle Findlay

Amy specialises in commercial contracting and procurement, with a particular focus on technology, media and telecommunications (TMT), intellectual property and privacy matters.
Her TMT expertise includes drafting and negotiating agreements for cloud computing solutions, a full range of network and other telco services, and software development projects (using both agile and waterfall methodologies).
Amy's experience also extends to a wide range of general commercial agreements, such as strategic alliances, franchise agreements, IP transfer, licensing and exploitation agreements, publishing agreements, data licensing agreements, reseller and distribution arrangements and customer terms (including online terms).
Amy has a particular interest in how commercial contracts can be crafted to support and promote ICT project success and the role of these contracts in managing ICT projects. She is a regular speaker on issues such as risk allocation and ICT project failure.
Amy has close to 20 years of experience working on complex commercial projects in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She is a ranked lawyer for the TMT section in the Chambers, Legal 500 and Asialaw directories.