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Definition of Ready


Having a Definition of Ready means that stories must be immediately actionable. The Team must be able to determine what needs to be done and the amount of work required to complete the User Story or PBI.

The Team must understand the "done" criteria and what tests will be performed to demonstrate that the story is complete. "Ready" stories should be clear, concise, and most importantly, actionable.

Estimated time for this course: 15 minutes
Audience: Intermediate
Suggested Prerequisites: Product Backlog Item, Refinement, User Stories

Upon completion you will:

    • Be able to create a Definition of Ready
    • Understand how a Definition of Ready helps teams accelerate
    • Qualify for Scrum Alliance SEUs and PMI PDUs. See FAQ for details
Definition of Ready Overview:

The stories at the top of the Product Backlog that the Team will be pulling into the Sprint Backlog, must be Ready. Some companies actually require a detailed checklist to determine whether a story is “Ready Ready," and not just kind of ready, or sort of ready. The slides demonstrate this process nicely. Simply getting your stories ready will have an immediate and dramatic impact on the Team’s productivity.


The Product Owner is responsible for putting the features and stories in the backlog. However, the Team must work with the Product Owner during Backlog Refinement to help them get the stories into actionable shape.

Only then will the Team be able to estimate how much work any one story will take and how many Points they can take into a Sprint. In the video in the tab below, Jeff walks through Ready criteria - the importance of having a story in an actionable state, estimated at the right size, prioritized to Business Value.

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