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Article


Title

On the benefits and problems related to using Definition of Done - A survey study

Authors

[ 1 ] Instytut Informatyki, Wydział Informatyki i Telekomunikacji, Politechnika Poznańska | [ P ] employee

Scientific discipline (Law 2.0)

[2.3] Information and communication technology

Year of publication

2022

Published in

Journal of Systems and Software

Journal year: 2022 | Journal volume: vol. 193

Article type

scientific article

Publication language

english

Keywords
EN
  • Definition of Done
  • DoD
  • Agile
  • Scrum
  • Survey
Abstract

EN Context: Definition of Done (DoD) is one of the fundamental concepts of Scrum. It expresses a shared view of a Scrum Team on what makes an increment of their product complete. DoDs are often defined as checklists with items being requirements towards software (e.g., quality requirements) or towards activities performed to make the increment shippable (e.g., code reviews, testing). Unfortunately, the knowledge about the usefulness of DoD is still very limited. Objective: The goal is to study what benefits using the DoD practice can bring to an agile project, what problems it may trigger, and how it is created and maintained. Methods: In the survey among members of agile software development projects, 137 practitioners from all over the globe shared their experience with us. Results: 93% of the respondents perceive DoD as at least valuable for their ventures. It helps them to make work items complete, assure product quality, and ensure the needed activities are executed. However, they indicated that every second project struggles with infeasible, incorrect, unavailable, or creeping DoD. Conclusions: It follows from the study that DoD is important but not easy to use and more empirical studies are needed to identify best practices in this area.

Date of online publication

06.08.2022

Pages (from - to)

111479-1 - 111479-19

DOI

10.1016/j.jss.2022.111479

URL

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0164121222001637

Comments

Article Number: 111479

Points of MNiSW / journal

100.0

Impact Factor

2.829 [List 2020]

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