Tired of those empty discussions about what constitutes done? Try our needs-based definition:
And after that:
All together now:
- Done (adj) /dʌn/
- Someone’s need was met.
- Really done (adj) /ˈrɪəli dʌn/
- We've accounted for all the learning.
For background on the first done, see these blog posts:
- On “done”: A good working definition of “Done”
- On “needs”: Better user stories start with authentic situations of need
For really done, see:
- the Outside-in Service Delivery Review (OI-SDR)
aka the Strategy Performance and Alignment Review (SPAR).
Central to my 2019 book, Right to Left: The digital leader’s guide to Lean and Agile is the idea of working backwards from those key moments of impact and learning. Distilled from the book is the generative pattern Right-to-Left Strategy Deployment which is further developed in the 2nd edition of Agendashift (2021).
- The Agendashift Agendashift True North, which includes the line “Needs anticipated, met at just the right time”
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Agendashift™ is brought to you by Agendashift Ltd (formerly Positive Incline Ltd), UK-based specialists in leadership, engagement, strategy, and change. Founder Mike Burrows came to prominence in the Lean-Agile community as the originator of Kanban’s values model, out of which came his first book, Kanban from the Inside (2014). His more recent books Agendashift (2nd edition 2021) and Right to Left (2019, audiobook 2020) bring a resolutely needs-based and outcome-oriented perspective to change, transformation, and the Lean-Agile landscape as a whole, contributing meanwhile a number of popular tools, games, and other resources. He works as a consultant, facilitator, and trainer, and as a keynote speaker at events public and private around the world.
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