Definition of Ready in Agile

Is there any prerequisite to be Ready in Agile?

As Scrum defines, there are two critical stages in the process:
READY & DONE. The Product Owner can easily double the velocity of
a Scrum team by getting Product Backlog to a high READY state.
Team can easily double story process efficiency by delivering as
per their agreement of DONE. Individual self-organization can further
enhance team velocity. Let’s focus on prerequisite of starting a sprint
i.e. being READY.

To help with this, our teams work with the PO to agree on what defines a
“ready” state of a backlog item. This will vary by project, but below are
some elements to seed the discussion:

  • Story defined and written
  • Story traceable to source document (where appropriate)
  • Acceptance criteria defined
  • Dependencies identified
  • Size estimated by delivery team
  • User experience included (where appropriate)
  • Performance criteria identified (where appropriate)
  • Person who will accept the user story is identified
  • Team has a good idea about how to demo the user story
Ready and Done
Ready and Done

A User Story (backlog item) can be considered READY if:
• It is defined as need, conversations, and confirmations [reference].
• It follows INVEST (independent, negotiable, valuable, estimable,
and testable) principals [reference].
• It is small enough to fit inside a sprint. Larger stories should be
reformulated and splitted before the sprint planning to be considered “Ready”.
• It has unique priority in relation to every other story in the product backlog.
• It has been estimated (in story points) by the team.
• It does not have any known dependency that can block the completion of story.

Don’t let anything that’s not READY into your Sprint, and let nothing escape that’s not DONE.

Mario Lucero

Mario Lucero

I am all about helping companies to adopt agile as methodology in Chile. Why? I believe many organizations think that agile is not for Chilean companies because of Chilean culture is totally different from i.e. USA culture but I worked with Chilean professionals who after using agile realized it is feasible to implement it. Agile works in small and large projects and there are many evidences which demonstrate this.

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