Burndown chart in agile scrum methodology

This article looks at how to create a burndown chart using the effort-remaining approach. Burndown chart is very effective way to find out efforts of the scrum team. And basically this session is very useful to beginners, they can learn more.


Burndown chart in agile scrum methodology

Burn-downs chart is the most common sprint tracking tools used by agile users. Though their application and usage varies (some plot a burn-down chart using story points, whereas others use task count), plotting burn-down using effort remaining is the most effective and efficient way of using burn-down chart in agile scrum methodology.
In simple way to define of the burn down is a chart that shows how quickly you and your scrum team are burning via client’s user stories. It shows the total efforts against the amount of work we delivered in iteration.
How to create a burn-down chart
The first step is to have a task breakdown in place. This is generally done during the sprint planning meeting. Each task should have associated hours (ideally not more than 12, roughly two days’ work at six per day), which the team decides on during the planning meeting.
Once the task breakdown is in place, the ideal burn-down chart is plotted. The ideal reflects progress assuming that all tasks will be completed within the sprint at a uniform rate.
You can see the total efforts on the left, your scrum team velocity on the right. However look what else this simple graph provided us.
•Work done each iteration
•Work remaining
•Work done so far
•When we can expect to be done
It’s never a straight line. The team never moves at exactly one fixed velocity. And we find out things along the way (notice how it shows us scope creep in the form of those 5 new reports).
In agile, you are free to make things your own. One tweak you like making to the burndown is displaying total work done each iteration also. Let’s have look at the chart, and immediately get a sense of whether we are a quarter, a third, or ½ way done the project.

Burndown chart1

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