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Burn down Chart

A Burn Down Chart is a publicly available document charting the progress of the team in building the product.


 

 Purpose
 To capture and expose the true progress of the Scrum Team.



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 Main Description
A burn down chart diagrams the amount of work remaining across time. Burn-down charts can be established to reflect:
  • Progress made throughout the current Sprint. A Sprint burn down chart would be established to reflect the amount of work left as the Sprint is implemented. This chart usually tracks the amount of work left in hours.
  • Progress made to achieve the current release. A Release burn down chart would be established to reflect the number of story points left to complete the release.
  • Progress made against the product backlog. A Product burn down chart would be established to reflect the number of story points left to complete the product.

 Brief Outline

A burn down chart is a graphical representation that captures the consumption of the backlog versus time. A a practice, the outstanding work is often place on the vertical axis and time is along the horizontal axis.

 

A good burn down chart wil show in a few seconds the pace at which the Scrum Team is delivering Increment of Product Functionality.

 



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