Definition of Ready (DoR)

The definition-of-ready (DoR) is a list that defines which criteria certain artifacts must meet before defined actions start in the organizational unit (Team, Group, Cluster). It is an agreement to set clear quality criteria for artifacts. In the P4 framework, a team shouldn’t pull unestimated Backlog Items into an Iteration. DoRs exist at all levels and may differ between organizational units.


The DoR is an extension of the concept of the Definition-of-Done (DoD). The DoR defines which criteria must be met so that work is ready and can be started.

The DoR determines internal rules for organizational units, e.g. for the cooperation of the Team Product Owner with the Working Team. However, it also regulates the cooperation between teams, especially if the teams deliver documents or results. It is important that the DoD of the supplying team corresponds to the DoR of the supplied team. This is the only way to ensure smooth cooperation.

The concept of DoR / DoD enables a structured discussion and the definition of clear interfaces between organizational units. Organizational modeling in the P4 framework is based workflows, value streams on the SIPOC method.

Further suitable links:

Events Roles Groups Artifacts
Team Planning

Team Sync

Team Backlog Refinement

Team Review

Team Retrospective


Cluster Planning

Cluster Sync

Cluster Backlog Refinement

Cluster Review

Cluster Retrospective


Portfolio Planning

Organisation Sync

Portfolio Refinement

Portfolio Review

Organisation Retrospective

Team Product Owner

Team System Engineer

Team Scrum Master


Cluster Product Owner

Cluster System Engineer

Cluster Scrum Master


Portfolio Owner

Portfolio Architect

Organisation Scrum Master

Working Team

Community of Practice


Team Product Owner Group

Team System Engineer Group

Team Scrum Master Group

Cluster Management Circle


Cluster Product Owner Group

Cluster System Engineer Group

Cluster Scrum Master Group

Organisation Management Circle

Team Backlog

Inspectable Results

Team DoD

Team Improvement Backlog


Cluster Backlog

Usable Knowledge & System Increment

Cluster DoD

Cluster Improvement Backlog


Portfolio Backlog

Systems & Applications

System Platforms & Variants

Organisation DoD

Organisation Improvement Backlog