Skip to main content

Updation of DoD

Last post 12:23 pm January 30, 2016 by Pradip Kumar Ghosh
2 replies
01:32 pm January 29, 2016

Scrum Guide states that "During each Sprint Retrospective, the Scrum Team plans ways to increase product quality by adapting the definition of “Done” as appropriate."

Does this imply that DoD will be updated after every Sprint Retrospective?

Can you please provide a scenario where DoD will not require update even after Sprint Retrospective?

04:08 am January 30, 2016

> Does this imply that DoD will be updated after every Sprint Retrospective?

A Sprint Retrospective is an inspect-and-adapt opportunity to improve the team's implementation of Scrum, including their DoD.

If there is no evidence of a problem then there is no need for adaptation. This is true of any event. The Guide says that adaptation of the DoD is performed "as appropriate".

There is an implication that if no problem appears to be in evidence, then this could be because the team have not inspected thoroughly enough. Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. In theory at least, there should always be an opportunity to improve product quality and hence the DoD. The challenge lies in finding those opportunities within the time box available.

12:23 pm January 30, 2016

Thanks Ian for your excellent explanation. I had same understanding just wanted to cross validated.

By posting on our forums you are agreeing to our Terms of Use.

Please note that the first and last name from your member profile will be displayed next to any topic or comment you post on the forums. For privacy concerns, we cannot allow you to post email addresses. All user-submitted content on our Forums may be subject to deletion if it is found to be in violation of our Terms of Use. does not endorse user-submitted content or the content of links to any third-party websites.

Terms of Use may, at its discretion, remove any post that it deems unsuitable for these forums. Unsuitable post content includes, but is not limited to, Professional-level assessment questions and answers, profanity, insults, racism or sexually explicit content. Using our forum as a platform for the marketing and solicitation of products or services is also prohibited. Forum members who post content deemed unsuitable by may have their access revoked at any time, without warning. may, but is not obliged to, monitor submissions.