What is a Definition of Ready?

Runner in the blocks, ready to race.
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While the Scrum Guide encourages teams to create a Definition of Done so that everyone understands what ‘done’ means, it says nothing about creating a Definition of Ready so that everyone understands what pre-conditions must be met before a user story may be allowed onto a sprint.

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The Happiness Lab podcast

One of the benefits of having a 50-minute commute to work each morning is that I get to listen to great podcasts while driving through Fife, across the silvery Tay and into Dundee.

The latest series I’ve completed is the first season of The Happiness Lab with Dr Laurie Santos.

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My albums of 2019

All the albums I bought or acquired in 2019

My annual review of what I’ve most enjoyed listening to during the last 12 months, and my albums of the year. Finally published the wrong end of January, but better late than never.

  1. Krysthla—Worldwide Negative
  2. Opeth — In Cauda Venenum (Swedish and English versions)
  3. Slipknot — We Are Not Your Kind
  4. Latitudes — Part Island
  5. Tool — Fear Inoculum
  6. Damn Teeth — Real Men
  7. Megadeth — Warheads on Foreheads
  8. Flotsam and Jetsam — The End of Chaos
  9. Outright Resistance — Cargo Cult
  10. Cybernetic Witch Cult — Absurdum ad Nauseam
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San Francisco 49ers are through to the conference championships

One of the surprising things about going through a separation and divorce over the last three to four years is rediscovering interests that I had forgotten about. Two of these have been cricket and American football and in particular the San Francisco 49ers.

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Marginal gains for development teams

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Happy new year!

Human beings have seemingly been making new year’s resolutions for around 4,000 years. There is something about the year incrementing by one that somehow encourages folks to examine their past failures and vouch to do better in the year ahead.

And yet, research (and plenty of personal experience) shows that around 80% of resolutions will be broken by the second week of February.

There is a better way.

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