Burndown Charts

The progress of the team is monitored using a burndown chart, one of the best project visibility tools, to ensure a project is progressing smoothly. The burndown chart provides a day-by-day measure of the amount of work that remains in a given release.

Viewing the Burndown Chart

You can show or hide the burndown chart by first selecting a release, and then click the Chart button in the workspace toolbar. You can also add a burndown chart gadget to a Dashboard. For more information on dashboards, visit Dashboards.

Burndown Chart Data

Burndown charts calculate the total remaining estimate for all items within a release at the end of each day, and monitors how much work is being completed against these items. After several days of input, Axosoft will calculate a velocity, or the decrease in work remaining for each day worked.

The remaining estimate for items is decreased typically in one of two ways: by adding work logs to items to show work done, and by completing items which updates their remaining estimate to zero. If you do not have a workflow step action configured to set an item's Remaining Estimate field to zero, we recommend adding this option. More information can be found at Managing Workflows.

Release due dates are tracked against velocity when determining a projected ship date. If the ship date is earlier than the due date, it will display in green. IF your release is running behind, it will be red with a warning indicating that it is late.

Burndown Tips

The burndown chart in Axosoft is a historical record of all of the work that was placed in a release at any given time. If you are adding items into the release or removing them during the release, then this would affect the remaining estimate. The past data points in the burndown are not editable by design, as this can be valuable historical information which can be used in sprint retrospective meetings to look back on how the release sprint went, what adjustments were made during that sprint, and what could be done in the future to account for them.

If items were added or removed from the release and affected your burndown velocity because of the change in scope, you can select the release in the Releases pane, click Edit in the pane toolbar, and then set the Velocity Start Date of the release to the day when your items were modified, so that all of your calculations for your estimated velocity, actual velocity, and start date would be corrected to show your current progress.

Modifying Burndown Charts

You can edit settings for a release's burndown chart by hovering over the burndown chart and clicking the gear icon that appears in the upper right. A variety of options are available to change, including time units, weekend work, including subrelease data, and more.