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Definitions of Done
&
High Performance Teams
(Lightning Talk)
Ron Lichty
www.ronlichty.com
2
Definitions of Done
The Study of Product Team Performance
http://www.ronlichty.com/study.html
4
5
Definition of Done
2016 Study: Does having a definition of done matter?
6
Definition of Done
7
Definition of Done
7.4%
of product teams
that have no
definition of done
…perform worst.
Having a definition of done mat...
8
Definition of Done
48%
of product teams
that have
definitions of done
handed down by
managers outside the
team were…
ave...
9
Definition of Done
45%
of product teams that
rely upon the
team product owner
or the
team collaboratively
to create
the ...
Study of Product Team Performance
• Definitions of Done
– Definitions of Done matter
– Created within the team matters mos...
The Study of Product Team Performance
more results, and the study itself: http://www.ronlichty.com/study.html
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Definitions of Done and High Performance Teams

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Might the practice of crafting a definition of done – before writing a single line of code – be the most powerful practice in Agile? Or does having a definition of done matter? What is the correlation between Definitions of Done and high performance teams?

Thousands of people on product teams all over the world respond to our survey for the Study of Product Team Performance. We asked them.

Here's what the data shows.


Presented January 2017 to Silicon Valley Agile Trends & Leadership.

Speaker

Ron Lichty

In addition to training teams in agile, Ron Lichty has spent years coaching managers about how their roles change with agile. While his recent Addison Wesley book, Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams (http://www.ManagingTheUnmanageable.net) didn’t zero in on agile, both the book and the classes that he and his coauthor give current and prospective managers espouse a deeply agile mindset for managers. He also coauthors the annual Study of Product Team Performance (http://www.ronlichty.com/study.html).

The primary focus of his consulting practice, these last five years, has mirrored what he did as a manager: untangling the knots in software development. His career has spanned web applications, system software, entertainment, shrinkwrap products, ecommerce, interface development, embedded devices, professional services and IT - and grew from first level managing to VP Engineering, VP Product and CTO roles.

As Ron Lichty Consulting, he takes on fractional Interim VP Engineering and Acting CTO roles, trains teams in scrum, transitions teams to agile, trains managers in managing software people and teams, and advises organizations and coaches teams to make their software development “hum.” http://www.ronlichty.com

His book was recently released as video training - LiveLessons: Managing Software People and Teams - both from Pearson and on O’Reilly’s Safari Network (http://www.ManagingTheUnmanageable.net/video.html).

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Definitions of Done and High Performance Teams

  1. 1. Definitions of Done & High Performance Teams (Lightning Talk) Ron Lichty www.ronlichty.com
  2. 2. 2 Definitions of Done
  3. 3. The Study of Product Team Performance http://www.ronlichty.com/study.html 4
  4. 4. 5 Definition of Done 2016 Study: Does having a definition of done matter?
  5. 5. 6 Definition of Done
  6. 6. 7 Definition of Done 7.4% of product teams that have no definition of done …perform worst. Having a definition of done matters…
  7. 7. 8 Definition of Done 48% of product teams that have definitions of done handed down by managers outside the team were… average performers Having a definition of done matters…
  8. 8. 9 Definition of Done 45% of product teams that rely upon the team product owner or the team collaboratively to create the definition of done: high performance teams Having a definition of done created within the team matters most!
  9. 9. Study of Product Team Performance • Definitions of Done – Definitions of Done matter – Created within the team matters most 10 more results, and the study itself: http://www.ronlichty.com/study.html
  10. 10. The Study of Product Team Performance more results, and the study itself: http://www.ronlichty.com/study.html 11

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