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Definition of Done at Two Levels

The DoD at the task level and the product backlog item level

22 September 2015

Kaushik Saha
Infinite Computer Solutions (Client Place : Verizon Data Services India Ltd.)


Scrum teams are often confused about the term Definition of Done (DoD) and what it means at various levels of a project.

Teams should concentrate first on the DoD at the task level. Get these items done first. The team can make up and follow a useful checklist, as below.

Task-level DoD
  • Unit testing is complete.
  • Peer review is complete.
  • The item has been checked into source control.
  • Checked-in code doesn't break the build.
  • The task board has been updated and the remaining time needed for each task is at zero.
At the level of product backlog items, the team should think a little more broadly. First make sure all the tasks under a particular story are at Done, and then verify that all items on the checklist below have also been met.

Product Backlog Item (PBI) DoD
  • All acceptance criteria have been met.
  • Automated acceptance tests confirm that the new feature works as expected.
  • All regression tests verify successful integration with other functions.
  • Any relevant build/deploy scripts have been modified and tested.
  • Working functionality has been reviewed and accepted by the product owner.
  • End-user documentation has been written and reviewed (if required).

 

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Comments

Tim Baffa, CSM, 9/22/2015 11:55:38 AM
Kaushik,

I don't really see the purpose of a task-based DoD. Why promote the idea of different DoD's based on the stage an item is in for a project? Isn't this just another phased view of work?

While many of your criteria around DoD are good, I would use them to create a single DoD, based on what a team can complete during a sprint, and is agreed with by the business.
Olivier LEDRU, CSP,CSM,CSPO, 9/23/2015 8:27:10 AM
I feel a little bit confused because, as far as I understand, the DOD applies to the increment.
Also, the task level seems irrelevant with the way my co-worker shape their task.
Coding-tasks are just a special case.
Kaushik Saha, CSP,CSM,CSPO, 11/25/2015 7:49:20 AM
Hi Guys,

I would like to bring attention to development team the checklists they should maintain to do their tasks complete.

It's completely practical approach to have Task Level DoD ; rather than theoretical concept on DoD at story level.

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