Burn down chart. Oversee sprints with the remaining workload.

What is a burn down chart? What advantages does it offer and how can you create burn down charts?

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Burn down chart

What is a burn down chart?

How much work is still in your current sprint? Are you on schedule or working too slowly? These are questions you will encounter often in Scrum projects. To answer these questions, the burn down chart has proven itself: it visualizes how much work still has to be done at the current point in time. Apart from that, the diagram reveals how quickly the team is working. Based on this, you can, for example, determine whether the developers have received too many or too few tasks to edit and include this information in the next planning phase. The burn down chart is recommended to control iterations or sprints. Because there, the scope – that means the number of requirements to be implemented – is fixed in a defined time frame.

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Advantages of the burn down chart

  • Simple, comprehensible aid for sprint controlling
  • Quick overview of the work that still has to be done in an iteration
  • Realistic statements because they are cultivated daily by the development team
  • Indicators as to whether the development team is on schedule
  • Indicators for the speed and estimation ability of the team
  • Means of recognizing risks through daily updates
  • Means of communication with the customers and stakeholders