Are you new to Agile with Scrum? Or, have you followed this methodology for a while but you’re having trouble determining when a user story is really complete? Do you have a Definition of “Done”? Most teams create user stories with at least some Acceptance Criteria but don’t go the extra step to create a Definition of Done. In addition, some teams don’t understand the difference between these two concepts.
The Definition of Done lets the team know that a story has not only met its individual goals, but is also complete on a higher level. The Acceptance Criteria describe the objectives a story must meet to be completed, but a Definition of Done shows the story is “Done Done,” meaning it is a potentially shippable increment of value. So, the short answer to the how the Definition of Done differs from Acceptance Criteria is the Definition of Done applies to all stories whereas Acceptance Criteria applies only to the individual story.
What is the Definition of Done?
The Definition of Done identifies the mutually agreed-upon criteria that define when work is completed. Here’s Agile Alliance’s definition: “The team agrees on, and displays prominently somewhere in the team room, a list of criteria which must be met before a product increment ‘often a user story’ is considered ‘done.’ Failure to meet these criteria at the end of a sprint normally implies that the work should not be counted toward that sprint’s velocity.”
The 2020 Scrum Guide describes it as “a formal description of the state of the Increment when it meets the quality measures required for the product.”
Why is it important?
The value of the Definition of Done is that it provides transparency to the team by confirming when work is completed. It’s important that teams deliver value with each sprint, but how do you truly know if it’s complete? The definition of done sets those guidelines.
What is the value of creating it?
What are its characteristics?
Who defines it?
The team or teams working together must all mutually agree on the definition.
When is Done defined?
At the team level, Done can include the following:
What are they?
Acceptance Criteria are specific to each story. Acceptance Criteria ensure the story as implemented satisfies the functional and non-functional criteria as specified by the Product Owner. They also provide the story details from a testing point of view. They must be testable and can be simple statements, or they can follow the Behavior Driven Development format of Given-When-Then.
When are they created?
They are created as the story is written and they are unique to each individual story (as opposed to the Definition of Done, which applies to all stories).
Who creates them?
The Product Owner, with assistance from the development team.
What do they look like?
Definition of Done vs. Acceptance Criteria Summary
Definition of Done
I hope this post helped you understand how the Definition of Done lets your team know when a story has met its individual goals and is also complete at a more significant level. The Acceptance Criteria describe the objectives a story must meet to be completed, but a Definition of Done indicates when the story is “Done Done,” that is, when it is a potentially shippable increment of value. If you have any additional questions around Acceptance Criteria or the Definition of Done, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at any time. We’d love to help you get started.
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