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Avoid Chaos in Agile Development by Defining When a Story Is 'Done'

Published: 07 April 2017

ID: G00326411

Analyst(s): Nathan Wilson


A strong definition of "done" improves quality, tracking and sustainability. Application leaders should work with agile teams to ensure a thorough and consistent understanding of what is needed to complete a story.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • A Cautionary Tale


  • Define What It Means for a Story to Be Done
    • How to Define "Done"
  • Track Releases by Tracking Complete Stories
    • Avoid Delaying Work to the End of a Sprint
  • Keep the Definition of Done as Light as Possible
    • Continuously Streamline
    • Simplify by Changing Artifacts
    • Simplify by Removing Artifacts

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