Contract refers to a legal agreement by software vendor and client/company to sell or provide IT services, including software development and support.

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How should we quote differing sized contracts in a SCRUM environment

I am trying to implement an agile-ish approach to our firm. Right now we have a very much waterfall like approach to designing, coding, testing, and releasing. One major issue we haven't found an ...
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How escrow works on software projects? [closed]

My understanding of escrow, as it is used in software projects between a "client" (commissioning the software/app) and a "contractor" (developer; provider of application services) is as follows: The ...
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Detailed Scope of Work.. Waterfall?

I have a client that's requested a detailed Scope of Work/Statement of Work. Upon looking into it, it seems they want timelines, costs, features, the whole nine. In order to do a detailed SOW, one ...
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How to define fixed priced software projects and how to argue what is inside scope and what is outside scope? [closed]

So here is what happened The customer gave me a list of things he wanted to have. It is a funding website. So to start a funding project he wanted to have certain fields in the "create/edit funding ...
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How exactly do exclusive code rights work? [closed]

I was asked by a client to submit a proposal for a web-app he wants to built. This client is a startup with a relatively good traction so far (as it seems). I have been asked to draft up a contract ...
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Client wants source code, but it contains a lot of shared code I reuse with other projects

I have a client who would like me to deliver the source code with a developed application binary. They originally said nothing about source code, but they recently said they need it. The contract is ...
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Alternatives to binding cost quotes of indefinite projects

I work for a custom software house. We have clients with yearly budget allocations. They often have excess funds they need to spend before the next fiscal period, but only a general idea of what they ...
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What is the risk of putting your actual developing code online

My question came from this question It seems to be actual developing code for a real application. What If your contract says that all code you made for app of your employer is a secret? Isn't it ...
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Help putting together an Open Source Friendly contract but does not allow day job work to be Open Sourced

So I just was hired at a place that had only one Developer and that was the co owner. Their employee handbook had something to the effect of the following. All IP, inventions or software you ...
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Is 25% to me as sole author a good deal? [closed]

This is my first contract negotiation. So I've written a program which supports some hardware that the company makes. (The support is important, and most customers will buy it, but the software ...
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Should Cross browser testing be explicitly mentioned in the scope of a project?

I do freelance web development and front end dev is not my strongest point. This question came to me in my recent fixed bid project. Nowadays we use Jquery and Bootstrap and these take care of lots ...
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What do small business people do with regards to 'legal' when selling software [closed]

For those who have sold software successfully over the Internet, after going to the effort of writing the software, creating a website, get a domain name, hosting the website, setting up a merchant ...
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Starting consulting while employed - conflict of interest [closed]

First of all I am not after legal advice. This is a bit TL;DR but I have a summary at the bottom, I'm explaining it all so people can offer insightful advise. Situation I need to explain my present ...
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Computer science jobs that don't let you develop software outside of that job? [closed]

I'm 15, and I was talking to my friends about what we wanted our future careers to be. I told them that I would like to have a job in the computer science industry (more specifically software ...
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What can a company do to restrict offsite contract developers from redistributing GPLv2-licensed code modifications?

My company uses a mix of onsite and increasingly offsite contractors for development of websites and online applications. Our platform uses a mix of open source software and libraries that we've made ...
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Can I (reasonably) refuse to sign an NDA for pro bono work? [closed]

A friend of mine (let's call him Joe) is working on a promising project, and has asked me for help. As a matter of friendship I agreed (orally) not to discuss the details, but now he has a potential ...
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How to handle “porting” software that's still in development

My company is building an iOS version of an Android app that our client is developing (but has not yet released). We have access to the latest builds and source, however since the software is ...
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User stories as a contract definition?

I am often asked to write a requirements document for a new piece of work. I write requirements using user stories. The list of requirements is then used as a contract with the client denoting the ...
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How to prevent intentional over-estimation in user stories?

I am asking this from a purely hypothetical standpoint. According to the Sprint Planning Meeting section in the Scrum Guide: "The number of items selected from the Product Backlog for the Sprint is ...
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Is there a way for developers and their clients to make a 'safety net' for the final transaction of software for money? [closed]

First off, we presume that the projects in question are not large or important enough for the parties involved to establish a formal contract, and that the parties are not able to meet in person. So, ...
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How do you handle / what do you charge for documentation, training, warranty, changes in scope etc… [closed]

I am working with a client right now that wants me to sign a contact with a warranty for a year for no additional charge. As well as any reasonable changes he wants during the contract that are ...
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Do you sign contracts digitally or still on paper? And what do clients think? [closed]

We are all getting used to checking a box and putting our name in a text field to create a contract with an airline, a hosting company, or a software download. However, for some reason I am still ...
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Removing the “integration test scam” - Understanding collaboration and contract tests [closed]

I've recently watched Integration Tests are a Scam by J. B. Rainsberger and am now looking for more material on the subject. I have to say, I'm shocked by how much we're doing wrong, (i.e. integration ...
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Why is there such limited support for Design by Contract in most modern programming languages?

I recently discovered Design by Contract (DbC) and I find it an extremely interesting way to write code. Among other things, it would seem to offer: Better documentation. Since the contract is the ...
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Contracting out software development; deliver user stories or business requirements?

We are a small company that I am lead developer on, and we have been having on and off meetings with a potential stakeholder for a good opportunity. This stakeholder is helping us directly in getting ...
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Using Scrum/agile with multiple customers

I am a big believer in agile development. I just changed jobs, and I am now working for a company that coordinates big development projects for (rather large) groups of customer organizations. My job ...
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Differences between Design by Contract and Defensive Programming

Could Designing by Contract (DbC) be a way to program defensively? Is one way of programming better in some cases than the other?
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Freelancers do you have a surcharge for going to client site to work?

I'm currently new to freelancing as a programmer and need to work out what some of the "norms" are without making myself look like an amateur. I've already won some work from a local company doing C# ...
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Deployment in development phase for Agile projects

I'd like to know the Agile stance on the following situation: A contractual, payable milestone states a working version must be installed and run at customer's location; Development is still ...
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Alternatives to oDesk.com for contract work? or is oDesk already one of the best? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find programming work online? I saw oDesk.com being mentioned in one thread here for contract work and freelance work, and the people listed for hire is ...
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Open Source Friendly IP Contracts for Freelancers

I am about to enter the world of consulting for the first time and am having to write my first contract. One problem I have is regarding open source work and intellectual property. I love working on ...
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Legal issues with an NDA that I do not want to sign [closed]

I've been given a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) to sign by my current employer that I do not want to sign. It is incredibly open ended and I feel that it should have been a condition of my initial ...
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When doing up a quote, do I see my client in person, or send it via email? [closed]

Client need something done, I need to write up a quote, how do I approach it? If you have any general strategy on this issue would also be appreciated. This is to build a website/database for a few ...
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Should the gating question in hiring a web developer be “Have you by yourself, or with one or two partners, ever brought a product to market?” [closed]

I've just met a guy, an engineer but a software naif, who's designed, produced, and is now selling a very nice product, a backyard zip line. He devised a new braking system for the thing and has a ...
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CSS remote contract

I am signing a contract with someone remote in another country in regards with creating a new style sheet for their website. In our agreement the client pays 1/3 of the money first as deposit and the ...
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How do you decide if you should take a project?

I am a fairly new developer. Professionally I have programed in C# for two years as an intern and 6 months as a junior developer. A friend of my family needs help with a project that is written in ...
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Should public code libraries I have written stay free and open after using them in a contract / commercial product?

I have written a small library of classes in my preferred language (PHP, but it doesn't really matter), and typically use them in most of my projects. Until now, the projects have been personal, or ...
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Do I own copyright of program I made in own time? [closed]

I created a software package that aids electrical engineers with common calculations used on site (substations to be specific). I created the package in my own time, without being asked and without ...
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Creating Deal for Percentage of App Sales

I have a business partner who wants to do a deal where I will get a percentage of the profits from app sales. I like the deal and want to do it. In our business agreement I want to put some language ...
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Example of an agreement with the client

I've started my company in UK. Used to work as a freelancer, therefore legal issues didn't use to be a big headache. Now, I'd like to see an example of the document a company would sign with a client ...
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Enforcement of returning non-null

We are implementing some web services, and need to ensure that some of our methods always return non-null values. We've investigated two ways of doing this: Using code contracts, and returning the ...
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Client contracts as a sole proprietor - What should be in the contract?

If this has already been asked, feel free to redirect me and I'll close this. I gave my current employer notice to quit my job a few months ago, and they haven't been able to find anyone to replace ...
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Minimum billable time unit - industry standard for contract programming?

We're a client that recently hired a contract programming company for some fairly focused work (essentially writing 'scripts' to extend the functionality of a third-party enterprise application). ...
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What is considered a suitable notice period for a software developer? [closed]

I'm being asked by the company I work for to extend my notice period. I'm not outright against it (in fact it's somewhat flattering in a way) but it has made me wonder what a typical notice period ...
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Should I sign an NDA and IP contract without an expiry date?

I work in a small software development company. I just received a NDA and IP contract to sign, but it doesn't have an expiry date. Does this mean that it's a lifetime agreement with the corporation? ...
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How to deal with “software end-of-life” situations?

When a vendor declares that they no longer intend to provide any support or services to a piece of software (and stated the intent to exit the business - offering no upgrade paths), what kind of ...
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Writing a partnership contract for a website [closed]

My boss has offered me a 25% share, in exchange on more input from my side, of a website ( a crawling engine in php and a front end using ajax ) I developed for him. What are the things I should ...
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Project Manager that wants to lock in time estimate with a signed contract

At a previous employment, a project manager (PM) wasn't satisfied with the delivery time of the code on a project I was on. I was told by my project lead that that the PM was considering having me ...
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Contract Programming - Deposit % and Payment Methods? Any advice is appreciated

I'm pretty new to doing contract work and finally landed a decent paying project. The guy actually offered to put down a deposit and I'm just wondering what percentage I should consider asking for. I ...
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What are the alternatives to fixed-price or time-and-materials contracts for software development?

Proponents of agile methodologies suggest approaches such as multi-stage contracts, target cost contracts, target schedule contracts, shared benefit contracts, and variable scope contracts. Are there ...