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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Using a process map to help create definitions of ready and done

Last week, I ran a couple of workshops with the Vision Tasks team to help us better understand our processes.

As the Vision Tasks team in its current guise is a relatively new team, I thought it might be a useful exercise to map our development and testing process, starting from the point of adding a user story to the backlog to that requirement being ready for deployment.

Business process models such as these are helpful for newer members of a team who perhaps don’t yet have a full picture of the team’s processes and how their role relates to others on the team. This ‘as is’ or ‘current state’ visualisation can also draw out inconsistencies, promote a consistency of approach and identify areas where improvements can be made.

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