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Do you have a "Definition of Ready"?

Last updated by Christian Morford-Waite [SSW] on 26 Feb 2021 05:23 am (over 1 year ago) See History

As part of the update to the Scrum Guide for 2013, there is a concept of a product backlog being "Ready".

Just like how the team has a Definition of Done as a checklist for completing a PBI, the product owner needs a Definition of Ready to get the PBI in a state that’s ready for it to be added to a sprint. This should be done as part of the refinement (aka grooming) process and will greatly streamline the sprint planning meeting.

A recommended “Definition of Ready” would be:

  • Has enough detail for the team to action (usually via good Acceptance Criteria)
  • Has Business Value assigned
  • Has effort assigned
  • Is in the Approved state

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