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Walking Through a Definition of Done

Knowing when you are “Done” frames the work to be undertaken.

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Definition of Done
Technical Debt

Summary

In Scrum each iteration - or Sprint - should yield a valuable product increment of release quality. Ian Mitchell advises that an understanding of what makes an increment truly releasable - and therefore genuinely “Done” - provides transparency over the work a Development Team plans to do, and the tasks it brings into progress. Work nearly done puts the team in technical debt, which must be repaid at compounding rates of interest.