Burn up chart. Project controlling with finished requirements.

What is a burn up chart? What advantages does it offer and what is it recommended for?

Burn Up Chart

The burn up chart is an easy-to-understand means of controlling your project and shows you how much work has to be completed in relation to time and how much there is to do overall.


Unlike with the burn down chart, the burn up chart considers changes to the scope. For example, some requirements have been added here.


The burn up chart visualizes a curve for the planned project progress and for the current project progress. The current-state curve gets closer to the planned-state curve over the course of the project until the two lines meet: the requirements have been implemented.

What is a burn up chart?

The burn up chart is a line diagram or a plane diagram that shows you how much work has already been finished and how much still needs to be done. Because the presentation includes the changeability of the scope, the burn up chart is recommended for controlling an entire project, for example, a Scrum project. Because, as you know from agile project management: the goals and desires of the stakeholders change over the course of the project and requirements have to be adapted. The burn up chart considers this circumstance. If you only want to oversee individual sprints with fixed scopes, then you can also use the simpler variant, the burn down chart.

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Advantages of a burn up chart

  • Easy-to-understand aid for project controlling
  • Enables you to make a prognosis about the continued course of the project as well as its conclusion
  • Quick overview of the work that’s been done
  • Inclusion of changes to the scope of the project
  • Indicators as to whether the project is on schedule
  • Means of communicating with customers and with stakeholders