Understanding Transparency

Hi All!

This time we will review the concept of Transparency.

Let’s read the Scrum Guide:

Definition of “Done” When a Product Backlog item or an Increment is described as “Done”, everyone must understand what “Done” means. Although this varies significantly per Scrum Team, members must have a shared understanding of what it means for work to be complete, to ensure transparency. This is the definition of “Done” for the Scrum Team and is used to assess when work is complete on the product Increment.

Now we are going to analyze this story:

  • Hi Tom! Welcome back! Hey we are defining the next business objective, can you view it?
  • Hi Peter! Yes of course! I can see it, very nice draw! What you need to know?
  • I need to know if you agree that it is a number…
  • Yes, for me it is a number! so we are ready to go for the next business objective. 

Some weeks later they discover, too late, that Tom understood the number was a 6, and Peter understood it as a 9. So we can have visibility, we can have an agreement… but transparency starts when we have the same understanding about the same thing.

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