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Mastering Professional Scrum: Coaches' Notes for Busting Myths, Solving Challenges, and Growing Agility, First Edition by Simon Reindl, Stephanie Ockerman

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3. Delivering “Done” Product Increments

At the heart of Scrum is the concept of “Done.” Scrum is a framework to enable business agility, and without “Done” Product Increments, business agility cannot exist; there are no such things as “sort-of Done” or “almost Done.” Getting to “Done” requires Scrum Teams to embrace teamwork, empiricism and an agile mindset, and to mature their team process to deliver a product that enables the Sprint Goal to be empirically evaluated.

Once they are past the forming stage, new Scrum Teams often still struggle to produce a “Done” Product Increment every Sprint. When we teach the Professional Scrum Master (PSM) course1, one of the most common questions we get is: “I understand why ‘Done’ matters, but how do we get ...

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