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Definitions of Ready and Done

An outline of the Definition of Ready and Definition of Done checklists, which should be completed for every iteration.

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Definition of Ready

The Definition of Ready helps ensure a pod is as prepared as possible to commence an iteration. Each user story should adhere to the following checklist:

  • Is an appropriate size, aiming for less than half the iteration length.
  • Has a risk rating of eight or lower.
  • Is written as a proper user story.
  • The knowledge base has been reviewed for existing and previous solutions, ideas, or insights which may assist in the development of this issue.
  • If required, has a preliminary UI/UX plan agreed to by the product manager. This could be a UI design, prototype, sketch, or anything which can guide the development team on what it will look like.

Definition of Done

The Definition of Done checklist ensures that everything which is developed is delivered to a high standard and meets the pre-defined criteria. For all stories to be considered done while in an iteration, they must comply with the following criteria. The checklist is as follows:

  • This story has automated tests which are passing.
  • The implementation has been code reviewed.
  • All acceptance criteria have been satisfied.
  • The code has been merged into develop in preparation for a beta release.