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 […]
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