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Burn Down Chart is a primary scrum metric used to track the implementation progress of the agile project. The burndown chart shows the amount of work remaining over days of a sprint. Scrum teams use the Burndown chart not just once per day. Ideally, it is used even by the Product Owner to understand how is the planned sprint backlog being completed. The burndown can be used to predict when the planned scope should creep.
It is suggested to track the release burndown chart and sprint burndown chart. Alternative to the burndown chart is a burnup chart that shows work completed per day.
How to draw the Burndown chart?
The BurnDown (or Burn Down) chart is simple:
- The horizontal axis displays days of the sprint.
- The vertical axis displays effort (story points or hours or days depending on what you prefer).
- The ideal line that visualizes expected progress.
- Real line visualizing the current progress.
The burndown chart is easy to explain, easy to be updated daily, easy to be analyzed. But do your team members really understand it? Are they able to read it?
Burndown Chart Variations
There are also other burndown chart variations used in real-life. Some scrum teams prefer to have a burndown chart that shows the number of tasks, while other scrum teams prefer the burndown chart that shows a number of user stories (backlog items) done over time.
The BurnDown chart showing the progress of the sprint is called the Sprint BurnDown Chart. This agile project metric can be used to track releases or program increments. as well. In this case, you can find the Release BurnDown chart in tools.