Definition of Done


What is the Definition of Done

A Scrum Team must decide on and document its DoD

The Definition of Done (DoD) is a clear and concise list of requirements Stories must meet to be “done” (i.e., ready for Sprint Review). The Product Owner and the Development Team come to an agreement on that list of requirements and document it in their DoD. The Scrum Master facilitates the process but does not vote on the DoD.

When a Story is completed, the Scrum Master validates that the Story has met DoD before it is presented to the Product Owner. The Product Owner has the authority to accept or reject a completed Story and uses the DoD to make that determination.

The DoD will vary from Development Team to Development Team. The final DoD for a Scrum Team should be posted and used to determine acceptance of a completed Story. If multiple Scrum Teams work on the same product, then all Teams should mutually create the DoD.

It is important that everyone have the same understanding of DoD:
“Done” is not enough—done is different to different individuals.
DoD is what makes a Story ready for Sprint Review.

Scrum Team (Development Team and Product Owner) decide on DoD. The Scrum Master facilitates the process but does not vote on DoD. It is the Scrum Master’s duty to validate with the Development Team upon Story completion that the Story has met DoD before presenting it to the Product Owner. The Product Owner will use the DoD to determine if a completed Story is accepted or rejected. The Product Owner has the authority to accept or reject a completed Story.

Common Criteria of Definition of Done

  • Development is complete.
  • Code review is complete.
  • All testing has been successfully completed and any defects have been addressed or added as new stories in the Backlog.
  • User story has been accepted by the Product Owner.

Steps to create Definition of Done

This is one way to create a Definition of Done. The important thing is to think through what done means and for the Team to come to an agreement.

Suggested steps to create the Definition of Done:

  1. Brainstorm: Write down everything essential for delivering on a feature, Iteration/Sprint, and Release; for example, code is complete and checked in, Product Owner signoff, and updated release notes might all be essential pieces of delivering on a feature. Write one item per sticky note. As you brainstorm, think about what it means for that feature to be shippable to ensure that you catch everything that is essential for delivery. Think also about each of the different roles—done for a tester might bring up different items than done for a developer.

2. Identify items that can’t be checked every Iteration or Sprint: Look at each of the items on the sticky notes and identify whether or not they can be done at every Iteration/Sprint for each feature being delivered. If they can’t be, remove them from your Definition of Done.

3. Capture impediments: For each item that cannot be checked every Iteration or Sprint, discuss the obstacles that keep the Team from delivering this each Iteration or Sprint deliverable. Frequently, these obstacles create issues such as having an unpredictable release period after the last feature is added. Even if the obstacles can’t be removed right away, over time, they can be removed and the item can be included in the Team’s Definition of Done.

4. Commitment: Get a consensus on the Definition of Done. Go through each item that is completed each Iteration or Sprint.

Difference between DOD and Acceptance Criteria

Acceptance Criteria describes the correct behavior of functionality, proving it works. Acceptance Criteria emerge during conversations with the Product Owner and Stakeholders and apply to only one Story. Because the Product Owner owns the User Story, the Product Owner has the final say on the Acceptance Criteria.

That’s great for the User Stories, but how do we know we’re really done? That’s where the Definition of Done (DoD) comes in. DoD is created prior to the first Sprint. It describes the minimum software quality standard and should eventually represent a Releasable Increment standard. DoD applies to all Stories and is continuously improved over time and during the Sprint Retrospective.

Definition of Done

Describes a minimum software quality standard.

Applies to all Stories.

Decided/created by the Scrum Team. Created prior to Sprint 1.

Should eventually represent a “Releasable Increment” standard.

Continuously improved over time and during Sprint Retrospective

Acceptance Criteria

Describes correct behavior of functionality—proving it works.

Applies to only one Story.

The product Owner has the final say.

Created during refinement sessions.

Definition of Done is a Commitment of Product Increment

The Definition of Done is a formal description of the state of the Increment when it meets the quality measures required for the product.

The moment a Product Backlog item meets the Definition of Done, an Increment is born.

The Definition of Done creates transparency by providing everyone a shared understanding of what work was completed as part of the Increment. If a Product Backlog item does not meet the Definition of Done, it cannot be released or even presented at the Sprint Review. Instead, it returns to the Product Backlog for future consideration.

If the Definition of Done for an increment is part of the standards of the organization, all Scrum Teams must follow it as a minimum. If it is not an organizational standard, the Scrum Team must create a Definition of Done appropriate for the product.

The Developers are required to conform to the Definition of Done. If there are multiple Scrum Teams working together on a product, they must mutually define and comply with the same Definition of Done.

For more posts like this follow Agile Digest social Pages or subscribe our newsletter:
LinkedIn :

Picture of Niladri Mahapatra

Niladri Mahapatra

Leave a Replay

Recent Posts

efficient scrum master
mastering jira
sprint simulation

Sign up for our Newsletter

Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit

Shopping Cart
Scroll to Top

Do you know that we have an exclusive Practical program that includes a mini live Project?

A journey to become an efficient Scrum Master

Share your information, we will send you all the related information

Our Efficient Scrum Master Course (ESM) is an exclusive course which will take you on a journey of how you can become an Efficient Scrum Master with practical knowledge

Dynamic Visibility - Custom Condition: syntax error, unexpected end of file

International IP Detected

It looks like you're visiting from outside India. Would you like to switch to our international site?

Switch to International Web Site

The Agile Leadership and Product Management Excellence Certification (ALPMEC) is a comprehensive program designed for aspiring and seasoned product managers aiming to excel in Agile environments.

16 Modules

100+ Hours

Cap stone Project

Have Some Question ? Contact us

Let's Get Familiar with SAFe: 3-Hour Live Session on Key Concepts

INR 2000/-

Join us for an engaging 3-hour live session on June 9th, 2024, from 7:00 PM IST to 10:00 PM IST, where we will dive deep into the fundamentals of SAFe 6.0. This non-certification awareness program is designed to help you understand the key concepts of the SAFe Framework. Whether you have doubts about SAFe, are considering which certification is best for you, or are undecided about whether SAFe is the right fit, this session is perfect for you.

Want to make a DEEP DIVE To JIRA JQL?

The Offer You Can Not Refuse
As many of us are well-acquainted with the versatility of Jira, we often encounter challenges in filtering data precisely as needed. This is where the power of Jira Query Language (JQL) becomes indispensable. I am excited to share some fundamental concepts of JQL that will empower you to craft more effective queries, enhancing your data manipulation capabilities within Jira.

Join our "Refer and Earn" program by simply filling out this form. Here’s how to get started:

You are referring to Definition of Done

If there's anything else you'd like us to know about your referral, or any specific instructions, please include them here.
How do you want to get your reward
Once you’ve filled out the form, click ‘Submit & Earn’. We’ll take it from there, and you’ll be on your way to earning rewards!

Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) - Certification

SAFe for Teams 6.0
Implementing SAFe 6.0 (SPC)
SAFe Release Train Engineer 6.0
SAFe Lean Portfolio Management 6.0
SAFe Agile Software Engineering
SAFe Agile Product Management 6.0 (APM)
SAFe® for Architect 6.0
SAFe DevOps Practitioner 6.0
SAFe Advanced Scrum Master
SAFe Product Owner/Product Manager (POPM) 6.0
SAFe Scrum Master (SSM) 6.0
SAFe Agilist (SA) / Leading SAFe 6.0

Agile life cylce Management - Training

Navigating the Future: Unleashing the Power of Jira Advanced Roadmap for Seamless Project Planning and Execution
Working with Rally Software
Jira Service Management
Mastering Jira
Azure Boards

Agile Digest Exclusive

PI Planning Simulation
Navigating the Future: Unleashing the Power of Jira Advanced Roadmap for Seamless Project Planning and Execution
Working with Rally Software
Jira Service Management
Mastering Jira
Azure Boards
(ESM) Efficient Scrum Master
Sprint Simulation

Recent Blogs and Articles

Explore our Excel Templates

Feed back From popular courses

Azure Board Training Feedback
Thursday Virtual Collaboration
Jira Training Feedback
Sprint Simulation Feedback
Efficient Scrum Master Feedback
SAFe POPM Feedback
SAFe Advanced Scrum Master Feedback
SAFE Scrum Master Feedback
Leading SAFe Feedback
Training Calendar
SAFe Transformation
Corporate Engagement


We may not be experts on everything, but all of us have some skills that we are super experts in, It can be Agile, It can be Excel or Jira or Java or Database or Machine Learning or Project Management or UI Design, or anything else.
Sounds Interesting? wants to know more? feel this form we will contact you and explain the next step and process. Does not matter which country you belong to and which Time zone you are in we all have potential needs everywhere. 
You may be Trainer, Freelancer, Full Time Employee, or consultant. Why not you earn little extra money with your expertise on your available time. You chose what you want to do, support another professional or train a group of people or participate in a small or large project choose the skill you complete hold. On top of that, you choose the rate that you want to charge. Get yourself exposed to the people who may need your service.

Offers and Discounts

Republic Day

Efficient Scrum Master

ESM early bird, Flat 10% discount for ESM Courses(A & P) , Please talk with the chat agent to get the discount code.


On Going


Attractive Discounts and Offers on SAFe Certification

On Going

Special Discounts on Excel Template, 

Connect with our Chat Agents for more information and to grab more offers and discounts

Upcoming Training and Events at a glance