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Burndown chart in agile — Some good things to do with it

Burndown Chart

What is the Burndown Chart: The Definition

What are the Variations of the Burndown Chart?

  • Sprint Burndown Chart: The sprint burndown charts depict how many tasks are completed and how many remain in the ongoing sprints. The sprint burndown chart displays user stories selected by the team in the sprint planning session.
Sprint Burndown in Jira
  • Product Burndown Chart: Product burndown charts can visualize the entire product; in short, it looks at the big picture. It shows how much work remains for your team to match the product goals. The vertical axis displays the product backlog items in the burndown chart, while the horizontal axis implies the sprint numbers.
  • Release Burndown Chart: This burndown chart is responsible for tracking all the progress made by your scrum team during the product development to track releases. The vertical axis of the chart depicts the hours or story points. On the other hand, the horizontal axis represents the number of sprints.

How Can You Read a Burndown Chart?

  • First, look at the X (the current iteration of the project timeline) and Y-axis(remaining work for the entire project) in your burndown chart.
  • Now identify whether you have tasks, work hours, or story points represented in the Y-axis or not. Similarly, identify if you have weeks, days, or months represented in the X-axis.
  • You have to identify the ideal line, a projected slope. This line works as a guide to let you know what the team’s work progress would look like in an ideal world.
  • With this line, you can gauge your team’s performance. This will help you know whether your team is working ahead of the deadline or moving behind.

What Benefits You can get from a Burndown Chart?

  1. One of the essential benefits of using a burndown chart is its simplicity. Your team can easily understand the chart to keep an eye on the team members’ work progress. With burndown charts, don’t have to scratch their heads in confusion while looking at the math-driven, complex scrum diagrams.
  2. As the developers regularly update the chart, they can easily identify the obstacles and prevent them from occurring beforehand. If the scrum master identifies an impediment, they can address it to develop a powerful solution in the scrum meetings.
  3. Burndown charts are not only easy to understand, but also they are easy to create. With the chart, you can effortlessly monitor the project history, velocity, and trajectory of the whole project.
  4. Burndown charts can work excellently as your team’s motivator. When the team witnesses their daily progress in the chart, they can improve their performance. Thus, you don’t have to worry about your projects’ success and performance reports.

How Can You Create a Burndown Chart?

Key Takeaways



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Naveen Kumar Singh

Agile Coach and Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) @Agilemania, Servant leader @Agile 30 and Developer @GitHub, Ranting @LinkedIn & an Artist @YouTube