In any event, one of the things we do with stories is figure out how we will know when we're done with them. What are the criteria that we'll use to figure that out?
The Acceptance Criteria
The problem is that acceptance implies judgement. The terminology reflects this: "what are the acceptance criteria?" or "does QA accept this?" or "does the customer accept this?"
|This is not your QA team|
There's a strong implication of judgement and scrutiny going on. Or, if you have kind of a doofus QA team (or product management team), then acceptance is at best a costume parade with a rubber stamp.
|This is not your QA team, either.|
Don't accept "acceptance". Let's stop talking about accept and start talking about being done.