Definition of ready

The definition of ready is an agreement between the team and the stakeholders (represented by the product owner) that new stories have to conform to a certain standard before they are added to a sprint. It is up to the product owner to make sure that the team has sufficient information to know what the individual story is about and when it is accepted (acceptance criteria, definition of done). Obviously, the Scrum Master can help to clean up the stories so that they also conform in terms of visual and grammatical formatting.

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By Clemens Lode

Clemens Lode is a management consultant with focus on agile project management methods (check out He likes to summarize his insights into books, check out his philosophy series "Philosophy for Heroes" here: His core approach to philosophy and management is that people need to be more aware of their limits and ultimately their identity and their vulnerabilities.