Definition of Done

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As your team updates the status of work as it progresses from one stage to the next, it helps that they agree on what "done" means. By specifying the Definition of Done criteria for each Kanban column, you help share the essential tasks to complete before moving an item into a downstream stage. Also, you'll have implemented one of the core Kanban tenets: make processes and policies explicit.

When set, team members can quickly double-check the done criteria.

Definition of Done

Definition of Done

If you're just getting started, review Kanban basics to get an overview of how to implement Kanban.

Prerequisites

Specify the Definition of Done for a column

  1. Open your Kanban board.

    If you're not a team admin, get added as one. Only team and project admins can customize the Kanban board.

  2. Choose the gear icon to configure the board and set general team settings.

    Open board settings for a team, vert nav

  3. Choose Columns and then a column tab to configure the Definition of Done for that column.

    Kanban board, Configure Definition of Done

  4. When done with your changes, choose Save.

  1. Open your Kanban board. If you're not a team admin, get added as one. Only team and project admins can customize the Kanban board.

  2. Choose settings icon to open the common configuration settings dialog for the Kanban board.

    Kanban board, open common configuration settings

  3. Choose Columns and then a column tab to configure the Definition of Done for that column. You can specify the Definition of Done for each intermediate column on your team's Kanban board.

    Kanban board, Configure Definition of Done

  4. When done with your changes, choose Save.

  1. Open your Kanban board. If you're not a team admin, get added as one. Only team and project admins can customize the Kanban board.

  2. Choose settings icon to open the common configuration settings dialog for the Kanban board.

    Kanban board, open common configuration settings

    For TFS 2015.1 and later versions

  3. Choose Columns and then a column tab to configure the Definition of Done for that column. You can specify the Definition of Done for each intermediate column on your team's Kanban board.

    Kanban board, Coding column tab, Definition of done] For TFS 2015
  4. Choose Edit Definition within an intermediate column tab and specify the Definition of Done for that column.

    Edit Definition

  5. Enter text that defines your team's Definition of Done.
    Definition Text

Team members can quickly check that they have met the criteria by choosing the Information tooltip info icon.