What is Definition of Ready (DoR)?
This is a checklist used as a reference against each task before starting the work to ensure the task/work item meets a minimum entry criterion. Meeting the checkpoints ensures all the inputs are available, expectations are aligned & probability of task completion as per the acceptance criteria would be higher. One example is added below for a Definition of Ready checklist recently recommended for a DAO sub group, where we track the project tasks on a notion Kanban board.
The purpose of the definition of ready is to provide a clear, objective measure of what needs to be done before work can begin on a project or work item. This helps to ensure that the project team has a shared understanding of what needs to be done and that everyone is working towards the same goals.
Having a clear definition of ready also helps to prevent waste and inefficiency in the project development process. By ensuring that all necessary work is completed and all necessary information is gathered before work begins, the definition of ready helps to avoid situations where work is started on a project or work item only to discover later that important information is missing or that key decisions have not been made.
Is the task aligned with the season’s objectives for the guild?
Are all the required fields in the task updated for complete information?
Are the Deliverables detailed in a self-explanatory way to assist async working?
Review process & acceptance criteria is aligned and available?
Is the task time boxed to have an expected completion date?
What is Definition of Done (DoD)?
This is a checklist used as a reference against each task to successfully mark a task/work item as Done. Meeting the checkpoints ensures quality, review and rework completion and structured handover. It helps by acting as a stage gate between WIP items and done.
Having a clear definition of done also helps to prevent scope creep, which is a common problem in software development. Scope creep occurs when new requirements or changes are introduced to a project without properly accounting for. It also helps to improve the quality of the project deliverables. By setting clear criteria for what constitutes a completed project or work item, the definition of done ensures that all work is completed to a high standard and meets the needs of the customer or end user.
It also aligns everyone in the team to have a common meaning of what ‘done’ means especially during status update meetings and project reporting. Example of Definition of Done is shown below.
Did the task meet all the deliverables listed?
Deliverables are presented in a team meeting or shared async to the team for review and feedback?
Review process & acceptance criteria is adhered to and the comments if any are incorporated/rejected?
Deliverables are shared in the repositories with any associated documentation for continuity?
Any lessons learned are captured and shared for continuous improvements and team records?
Above DoR and DoD checkpoints in a template format can be downloaded from here. The definition of ready and definition of done are more prominent in a web3 projects where team members work async as they help having a common agreement on when an item can be started to work on and when an item would be considered done.
“The Definition of Done (DoD) applies to all user stories being developed by the team. In contrast, Acceptance Criteria are specified per User Story in accordance with the Definition of Ready (DoR). DoR, Acceptance Criteria and DoD together ensure that quality is built-in. ”
To summarize, Definition of Ready represents the level of adequacy of the requirements (for development and testing) as specified in the high priority stories in the Product Backlog that the Product Owner want to give to the Development Team during Sprint Planning. Definition of Done represents the Release-Readiness (completion of Development, Testing, and other Acceptance Criteria) of Sprint Backlog Stories at the end of the Sprint. Developers decides if a story is ready to be taken into a sprint and PO decides if a story can be considered as done.
Definition of Ready (DoR) and Definition Done (DoD) in Scrum – Lean Agile Council (The home of the Agilitizer). (n.d.). Retrieved October 21, 2022, from https://www.leanagilecouncil.org/definition-of-ready-dor-and-definition-done-dod-in-scrum/
DoD and DoR: A Disciplined Viewpoint. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.projectmanagement.com/blog-post/68604/dod-and-dor--a-disciplined-viewpoint
Home | Scrum Guides. (n.d.). Retrieved from scrumguides.org website: https://scrumguides.org/
What’s the Difference between DoR, DoD and Acceptance Criteria? – Sensible Agility. (n.d.). Retrieved October 21, 2022, from https://sensibleagility.com/2020/12/14/whats-the-difference-between-dor-dod-and-acceptance-criteria/