Too Many Questions in Koncision’s Questionnaire?

Two people with a lot of contracts experience have told me that they think that Koncision’s confidentiality-agreement template contains too many questions. They suggested that I whittle down the questions and incorporate in the template a middle-ground position with respect to the topics addressed in those questions.

I’m grateful for the input I’ve received, but that’s a suggestion I won’t be following up on. At least not yet.

To my mind, it’s essential that Koncision allow drafters to achieve a great degree of customization. Sure, that adds questions. But thanks to the logic-driven nature of ContractExpress, answering “No” to a given question means that you’re spared having to wade through all the questions that would have appeared had you answered “Yes.” And once you’re used to the questionnaire, you can zip through it.

Furthermore, after you’ve completed a questionnaire, at any time you can “relaunch” it for to create a draft for a future transaction comparable to the one for which you completed the questionnaire. That means you’ll need to change your answers with respect to only those aspects of the new transaction that differ from the previous one. And you can email any answer file to another Koncision user; that will permit them to relaunch your questionnaire.

After I’ve received enough user feedback, I might create some middle-ground templates. But we have a ways to go yet.

Of course, if you would like a streamlined version of the template, or want to incorporate some additional questions, you can make use of our Koncision Customized [link no longer available] service.

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.