Definition of Done

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"Definition of Done" is a common concept in Agile methods, especially in Scrum. It's a single list of everything that should be done for each Product Backlog Item (e.g. user story). A Definition of Done usually contains the following:

  • Development processes, such as specification, design, build, integrate, test, and documentation
  • Non-functional features, such as security, performance, scalability, and maintainability
  • Quality criteria and acceptance criteria

The general idea is that well-formed Product Backlog items are so similar, that a majority of their development and quality activities are the same, and can be documented in a centralized place (Definition of Done) rather than being mentioned separately for each item.

Definition of Done can be used in the Quality Theme to simplify PRINCE2 Agile. Since it shows everything that should be done for each item, it can also be used to measure progress.

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