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What belongs solely to the Development Team?

Last post 04:46 am June 2, 2017 by Hao Dong
4 replies
10:15 am May 31, 2017

Greetings all,

I'm doing a 3rd party PSM aligned practice quiz. There is one question:


What belongs solely to the Development Team?

  • The Definition of Done
  • The Product Backlog
  • The Increment
  • The Sprint Backlog

The correct answer is "The Sprint Backlog" only. While I understand sprint backlog belongs to Development Team solely, shouldn't "the definition of Done" belong to Development Team as well?


05:53 am June 1, 2017

Hi Lawrence,

Although "Done" is defined by Development Team what they think is best to turn backlog into acceptable increments. Here is why I think DoD does not solely belong to them:

1. DoD can be a part of the conventions, standards or guidelines of the development organization, all Scrum teams must follow it as a minimum. Development teams can add to it based on specific requirements of the product they are building. And they also make it more stringent over time during the course of inspections and adaptations.

2. Those performing the work and those accepting the work product must share a common DoD. During the Sprint Review, the Scrum Team and stakeholders collaborate about what was "done" in the Sprint.  And the Product Owner explains what Product Backlog items have been “Done” and what has not been “Done”

Hope this helps


06:08 am June 1, 2017

Hi Lawrence, that's correct, only Sprint Backlog solely belongs to Dev team. Think about it, they are the people who are responsible for that as they forecasted it. Whereas definition of Done is created by Scrum team but accountability relies on Dev team.

11:59 am June 1, 2017

The Definition of Done pertains to the increment, for which many teams may contribute work. The wider organization may have a Definition of Done which all teams are expected to observe as a minimum standard.

04:46 am June 2, 2017

Thank you all very much, Gagan, Ankit and Ian.