When is ‘Done’, truly 100% ‘Done’?
5 Dec 2017
When working through any Product Backlog, it’s essential that the whole Scrum Team have a clearly defined and mutually agreed understanding of when each backlog item can be deemed as complete. Without this collective and transparent agreement, teams may struggle to get product backlog items 100% truly ‘Done’ within a Sprint. This is explained further by the Scrum Guide; “When a Product Backlog item or an Increment is described as “Done”, everyone must understand what “Done” means. Although this varies significantly per Scrum Team, members must have a shared understanding of what it means for work to be complete, to ensure transparency. This is the definition of “Done” for the Scrum Team and is used to assess when work is complete on the product Increment.” The Scrum Guide (p.16) The below example of ‘Done’ is fairly typical for a team early on in its adoption of Scrum within a corporate environment. Activity (Example) Criteria (Example) Detailed Analysis Acceptance Tests approved by Product Owner. Wiki updated. Detailed Design Consistent with approved design patterns and UI standards. Design approved by Architect. Overall Design Doc updated. Build & Unit Test Consistent with coding standards. Peer Reviewed. 90% automated unit test coverage. All unit tests […]
Sophie is an experienced Agile Coach and Mentor, with over 25 years in IT and a strong passion as a change enabler to both individuals and organisations.
Although Sophie’s early career as a product integrator and developer gave her invaluable first hand knowledge and insights into producing the
software itself, it was her experiences of project management coupled with “in the thick of it” Scrum Mastering and organisational change that really caught her imagination, enthusiasm and vibrancy for people, system dynamics and focusing on achieving outcomes.
Sophie facilitates effective change by specifically focusing on the context of where a company is along their own unique journey, and in particular the cultural and behavioural challenges they face when adapting to a more transparent and collaborative Agile way of working. Her primary passion is determining the “difference that’ll make the difference”, not only on an individual personal level but also within the team and the wider organisation. She has an ability to add clarity to goals and tailor approaches and techniques to provide the best support where and when it is needed. She invariably does all this with a large dose of focus, fun and energy!
Relevant training & certification
- Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) and Scrum Professional (CSP)
- Certified SAFe Agilist (SA)
- Certified LeSS Practitioner
- Certified ILM Level 5 Professional Management Coaches & Mentors
- Certified NLP Trainer & Master NLP Practitioner
- Certified Association of Coaching Business & Life Coaching Diploma