Done Considered Harmful

(Lightning talk, 10 min) [ Video , iPhone/iPod/Apple TV video , Slides ]

Author(s): Marcus Ahnve (Valtech)
Session: Lean/Kanban
Session chair: Jessica Hildrum (Objectware)
Date: Wednesday, 2 June 2010: Main Conference
Time: 13:30-15:00
We are terribly concerned about being done with things. But are we really ever done with things? Done is an ambiguous term. Why else would we need a Definition of done? Definitions of done normally includes quite a few activities, but why are they concealed in a definition? Sometimes "Done" is at the same time so desirable and ambiguous that teams have two or even three versions of it - "Done Done" and "Done Done Done". Teams should discard the notion and need of being "done" and instead find the real states that their tasks have and make them visible.

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