Definition of Ready
You’ll always hear about the Definition of Done (DOD) from agile teams. However, what is not so often discussed is Definition of Ready (DOR) – sometimes referred to as DevReady in various organisations. Fabrique’s SXSW 2013 slide deck (53) offers a view of DOR. The Agile Alliance crystallises why DOR is important:
Avoids beginning work on features that do not have clearly defined completion criteria, which usually translates into costly back-and-forth discussion or rework
Churn during iteration due to imprecise requirements is often the by-product of not having a strict DOR.