“A ’Definition of Done’ Template”

Defining “Done”: Many tasks in knowledge work lack clear stopping points, so it’s important to define a “Definition of Done” to avoid tasks dragging on indefinitely. The author suggests considering 3 key factors:

  • Facts: What are the specific deliverables, deadlines, and metrics for success?
  • Feelings: How do you want to feel when the task is complete?
  • Future: What changes or new capabilities will this enable?

By clearly defining these upfront, you can create a “Definition of Done” template to keep you focused and accountable. This helps ensure tasks are completed efficiently and effectively.