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Definition of 'Done'

What is Done? 

Done is when the software

  • has been written to address the requirements. No more, no less.
  • has a suite of tests written to exercise and validate that it meets the requirements and is technically valid.
  • source code has been reviewed by a peer, preferably peers.
  • source code meets the development teams coding standards.
  • source code has been factored into logical and easily readable sections.
  • functionality has been tested by integrating it into the system it will reside.
  • functionality has been documented and described for future developers and users.
  • has been tested and reviewed by a quality assurance expert.
  • has appropriate installation and/or configuration procedures created and documented.


Can anyone think of anything else?

(Thanks FrogsBrain for this... found this in an old email from you...)


Posted 05-12-2007 10:25 AM by Derik Whittaker
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frogsbrain wrote re: Definition of 'Done'
on 05-12-2007 1:06 PM

I added one to the list a while back when I was on the Core team.

... the software’s functionality has been verified as meeting the requirements of the end-user by the end-user.


Nick Ohrn wrote re: Definition of 'Done'
on 09-21-2007 9:09 AM

Thanks for this list.  It's interesting to consider when other people consider a software application to actually be done.

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