SwiftKanban provides the Burndown chart for the team to track its progress against a release or a sprint plan in their daily scrum meetings. Burndown charts that can be tracked for any board containing tasks with estimates and actual effort, is a graphical representation of outstanding work (or backlog) against time. It is useful for predicting when all the work scope will be completed.

You can use the Burndown chart at two levels: Release and Sprint.

The Burndown chart can be plotted on the following parameters for both Release and Sprint:

  • Estimate(Story Points)
  • To-Do Hours

 The Estimate (Story Points) is plotted based on the cards that are either archived or move to or beyond the Done column during the Release or Sprint.

The Hours plotted based on the hours logged in the Actual field of the To-Dos of the cards that are either archived or move to or beyond the Done column during the Release or Sprint.

Interpreting Chart

Burndown chart gives an overview of the progress of work over time while completing a project. As work is completed, the graph “burns down” to zero.

For each project or Board, Y-axis displays the estimate statistics (like Story Points or To-Do Hours) and the X-axis displays the duration.

The Planned Burndown (blue dotted line) depicts the planned rate at which the work needs to be completed in the ‘ideal’ scenario. It is a straight line that intercepts the Y-axis at the highest point showing the maximum work to be done. It gradually decreases to zero over the sprint/release and intercepts the x-axis.

The Remaining Burndown (orange dotted line) reflects the rate at which the work is left remaining.  The line is built up by adjoining all the data points that represent the amount of work remaining on each day of the Sprint or Release.

The Actual Burndown (in To-Do hours or any other Unit of Measurement) line represents the rate at which the work is getting completed in a Release or Sprint.

Hovering over any of the data points, a vertical line intersecting all three will be displayed along with their values.

Now, let’s understand how to plot the Release or Sprint Burndown chart.

Release Burndown Chart

To view a Release Burndown Chart:
  1. Select Analytics from the Selected Board breadcrumb menu, and then navigate to Release Burn Down chart.
  2. Select your respective Release from the drop-down menu.
  3. Select your UOM for Estimate (StoryPoint or ToDo).
  4. The Burndown chart is displayed below showing how remaining effort comes to ‘0’, which also is a burn-up chart if you track the progress of Actual Effort.
  5. You can even filter the chart by Card Type in that board or even export it to Microsoft® Excel(.xlsx) format.
    Note: This same chart can be viewed under Release Section. To know more, click here.

Sprint Burndown Chart

To view a Sprint Burndown Chart:
  1. Select Analytics from the Selected Board breadcrumb menu, and then navigate to Sprint Burn Down chart.
  2. Select your respective Sprint from the drop-down menu.
  3. Select your UOM for Estimate (StoryPoint or ToDo)
  4. The Burndown chart is displayed below showing how remaining effort comes to ‘0’, which also is a burn-up chart if you track the progress of Actual Effort.
  5. You can even filter the chart by Card Type in that board or even export it in Microsoft Excel(.xlsx) format.
    Note: This same chart can be viewed under Sprint Section. To know more click here.
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