Definition of Done
As a Scrum team, having a clear Definition of Done (DoD) is critical to delivering high-quality, working software that meets stakeholders’ expectations. A DoD defines the criteria that must be met for a product backlog item to be considered complete and ready for release. Let’s look at what a Definition of Done is and why it's important.
A Definition of Done is a shared understanding of what constitutes a "done" product backlog item. It outlines the minimum set of activities that must be completed before an item can be considered finished and ready for release. The DoD should include activities such as testing, documentation, code reviews, and any other activities that are necessary to ensure the quality and completeness of a product backlog item.
Having a clear Definition of Done helps to ensure that your team is aligned on what needs to be done to complete a product backlog item. It provides a shared understanding of what constitutes "done" work, reducing the risk of misunderstandings, and missed requirements. The DoD also helps set a standard of expectations for all backlog items.
Creating a Definition of Done is a collaborative effort between the entire Scrum team, including the product owner, development team, and Scrum Master. Here are some key steps to creating a DoD for your Scrum team:
Identify the key activities that must be completed to deliver a product backlog item. This could include things like testing, code reviews, documentation, and user acceptance testing.
Prioritize the activities based on their importance. Some activities may be critical for the delivery of a product backlog item, while others may be less critical but still important.
Discuss the DoD with the entire Scrum team to ensure that everyone has a clear understanding of what is required.
Document the DoD and make it accessible to the entire team. This could be in the form of a shared document or a section of your team's product backlog.
Review and update the DoD regularly. As your team grows and changes, it's important to regularly review and update your DoD to ensure that it remains relevant and up to date.
By working together to create a DoD, you can help to ensure that your Scrum team is delivering high-quality, working software that meets the expectations of stakeholders. Recently our Scrum team played a game to co-create a new Definition of Done. This is a fun and interactive way to get the whole team involved in the creation process.