May 13, 2018

The definition of done


Getting the job done always takes a little longer than finishing the task

The task is the actual work involved in delivering the thing. Anything from writing an email to a multi-month project.

The job involves doing the task to a certain standard. With no errors in syntax or grammar or spelling. Getting a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth.  

To standard.

Most times of course it’s between these two extremes. More complex than spelling and a little less involved than rocket science.

So what’s your standard? What’s the definition of done?

What tests are involved, what checks, who will do them, are they in-line are only at the end, is there a sign-off before the customer gets involved?

Skippy strategy: The task is the meat of the thing, but the difference between a happy ending and return-to-sender is in getting the job done right.