It is an input criteria to plan a story in a sprint. It is a way for a product owner to indicate an item in the product backlog as ready to work in sprint. It is the accountability of product owner that there is a definition of ready defined. Scrum team can refuse to take an item into sprint.
Having a Definition of Ready means that stories must be immediately actionable. The Team must be able to determine what needs to be done and the amount of work required to complete the User Story or PBI. The Team must understand the “done” criteria and what tests will be performed to demonstrate that the story is complete. “Ready” stories should be clear, concise, and most importantly, actionable.« Back to Glossary Index