16 – Agile – Definition of Ready

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A Definition of Ready defines when a story is ready to get estimated

Goals

Ensure that a working task is understood by your team

Description

A Definition Of Ready contains all requirements that a product owner (who writes the story) needs to fulfill, so that the team says

"Yep, now we got it."

A Definition of Ready describes when a Story is Ready for a sprint.

Usually a definition of ready answers the why, the what and finally the how.

  • Is the goal of the story clear enough?
  • Is the value for the project clear?
  • Is the expected result understood?
  • Are the acceptance criteria for the story clear?

Once the product owner has written a story that can answer those questions, the team can answer these:

  • Is the story small enough the get done in one sprint?
  • The team knows how the story can be implemented!
  • The story is estimated!

In other words, a Definition of Ready describes what need to be fulfilled by a story so that this story is Clear, Testable, Implementable.

Environment

Agile and Non-Agile Projects

Platform

All

Implementation effort

Small

Applicability

Every Project, no matter if agile or not, if running or not

Caveats

Requires feedback and close communication between team and product owner

See also


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