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Sprint Burndown Chart

The Sprint Burndown Chart makes the work of the Team visible. It is a graphic representation of the rate at which work is completed and how much work remains to be done.

Estimated time for this course: 8 minutes
Audience: Beginner
Suggested Prerequisites: Scrum Framework, Velocity

Upon completion you will:

  • Understand what is a Burndown Chart
  • Know why Scrum uses the Burndown Chart
  • Learn the history of the Burndown Chart
  • How to construct a Burndown Chart
  • How to calculate Burndown Chart
  • Qualify for Scrum Alliance SEUs and PMI PDUs. See FAQ for details

The Ultimate Burndown Chart

Burndown Chart Overview:

The Sprint Burndown Chart makes the work of the Team visible. It is a graphic representation that shows the rate at which work is completed and how much work remains to be done. The chart slopes downward over Sprint duration and across Story Points completed. What makes the chart an effective reporting tool is that it shows Team progress towards the Sprint Goal, not in terms of time spent but in terms of how much work remains.

If the burndown line is not tracking downwards by mid-Sprint, the team needs to quickly implement the Emergency Procedure pattern. Check-out the slide show below to see an array of Burndown warning signs. It is important for the Scrum Master help the Team to act early rather than drifting toward Sprint failure. For a background understanding of the Burndown Chart see the video.

View Class Slides

Video: Jeff Sutherland on the Structure of Scrum

Patterns & Papers

Patterns:

Sprint Burndown Chart 

Visible Status 

Emergency Procedure

The Scrum Pattern Language of Programing movement codifies well know Agile practices that have been successfully implemented many times.

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