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LeanKit's step-by-step guide on how to access and view distribution. 

The Distribution by Attribute chart shows the current distribution of cards within a board by lane, priority, type, or Custom Icon (labelled Class of Service by default). These snapshots provide a quick overview of how work items are distributed within the system and how much of your capacity is dedicated to different types of work

Here you'll learn how to:


View the Card Distribution Chart

To view a board’s Distribution by Attribute chart,

  • click the chart icon toward the upper-right of the board page, and
  • choose Distribution.


The default Distribution by Attribute chart will display the distribution of cards across lanes. The distributions will be calculated based on the number of cards in each lane.


Distribution by Attribute Chart views

The Distribution by Attribute chart provides multiple views or perspectives of card distribution across various categories. These different views are available from the tabs located above the diagram. These views include:

  • Priority: Shows the distributions of cards based on the assigned priority. This view assists you in recognizing issues that may be occurring in relation to prioritization of work.
  • Card Type: Shows the distribution of cards based on the assigned Card Type. This view is useful for helping to recognize potential “non-value add” work or quality issues.
  • Custom Icon (labelled Class of Service by default): Show the distribution of cards across the Classes of Service/Custom Icon field when Custom Icon is enabled. For more on enabling Custom Icons, click here.
  • Lane: Shows the distribution of cards across the selected lanes. Similar to viewing the Cumulative Flow diagram for the current date.

Date Range

The Distribution by Attribute chart always shows data as of the current date.

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Add and Remove Lanes

You may wish to view the chart without all the lanes included in the dataset. At the top of the page, you'll see Select Lanes to Include. Click Select Lanes to Include to open the board lane selector. You can remove lanes from the chart by clicking on the lane headers in the board lane selector. Deselected lanes will turn grey, and be excluded from the dataset. Lanes can be added back by clicking on the lane header again.


Aggregating Lanes

You may also want to view the distribution at a less granular level. For this, the ability to aggregate lanes to the their parent lane is provided. To do this, click on the plus sign icon located in the parent lane header. This will aggregate the total work in progress calculations for the child lanes into the selected parent lane. To expand the child lanes, click the plus sign icon again. You may roll up any of the child lanes into their parent lane at any level of the hierarchy.

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Calculate Distribution based on Card Size

LeanKit allows you to specify the size value within a card. These size values may represent any metric that your team uses to specify relative size of the work item. These may be hours, days, story points, complexity points, or whatever unit of measurement that your team finds useful. If your team is using the size values to specify the relative size of each card, this metric may be more useful than the number of work items within a category.

For these situations, LeanKit allows you to generate the Distribution by Attribute chart based on the total size of the cards rather than the number of cards in a given category. To enable the option, simply check the box next to Calculate based on Card Size. The graph will now calculate the work in progress based on the size specified within the card. Note that any work items that do not have a size specified or have a size of zero will be considered with a size of one when calculating size.

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Filter By Card Tag

You can filter the Distribution by Attribute chart by card tags by entering a comma-separated list of tags as shown below. Use an exclamation point before a tag to specifically exclude cards with that tag.

A note about how filtering by tags works: The Distribution by Attribute chart will count only cards that have the tags you specified. Using the exclamation point to exclude a tag isn't necessary unless you are expecting the cards to also have one of the tags you have specified for inclusion. In the example above, cards tagged with "Release 1.2" or "defect" will be included, unless they also are tagged with "architecture".

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