LeanKit's step-by-step guide on how to access and view the burndown chart.
Getting to the burndown chart
Click the chart icon in the upper right of the board and click Burndown in the drop-down menu.
This will take you directly to the burndown chart where you’ll be presented with default options.
Understanding the burndown chart
The burndown chart in LeanKit helps teams that have a specific amount of work to complete in a specific period of time visualize their progress and answer the question, “Are we on track to complete the planned work by the deadline/end of this iteration/sprint?"
The burndown chart shows how much work has been done so far, how much is remaining, and if work is being completed at a rate that will meet the deadline.
You can use this chart during an iteration to understand if work is being completed fast enough to meet the delivery commitment. You can also use it retrospectively at the end to understand the impact of unplanned work and discuss opportunities for improvement. This chart classifies included cards as either planned work or unplanned work.
Planned work is any card that existed in the selected start lane(s) on the selected start date. Planned work is represented by dark blue line in the chart and is calculated based on the number or cards or the sum of the card sizes of the planned work that has not been completed.
Unplanned work is defined as any card that is added to the start lane(s) after the start date and before the end date. Unplanned work is represented by the light blue line in the chart and is calculated based on the number or cards or the sum of the card sizes of the unplanned work that has not been completed.
The ideal burndown trend is the pace at which planned work would need to be completed in order to complete the planned work by the end date. The ideal burndown trend is represented by the dashed line.
Configuring the burndown chart
To set the start and stop lanes for the burndown chart:
Click Select Lanes to Include above the burndown chart to open a simplified representation of the lane structure on the board.
Lane(s) included as start lanes in the chart are green and the lane included as the finish lane is red.
Clicking on a lane's title selects or deselects it for inclusion in the chart:
To exclude a lane from the diagram, click on the lane title of an included lane. Deselected lanes will turn grey and will be excluded from the diagram.
To include a lane as a start lane, click SELECT START LANES and click on the lane title of an excluded lane where all of the planned work for the upcoming iteration starts. Included start lanes will be green.
To include a lane as the finish lane, click SELECT FINISH LANE and click on the lane title of an excluded lane where all of the work completed in the iteration finishes. The included finish lane will be red.
Below the lane selector, to the right of the burndown chart itself, are the other configuration settings for the chart.
To set the date range for the burndown chart:
To set the start date, click in the left-most date box. Enter the start date of the iteration in the box, or use the calendar that pops up to click on the desired date.
To set the stop date, click in the right-most date box. Enter the end date of the iteration in the box, or use the calendar that pops up to click on the desired date.
To filter the burndown chart by card tags:
Enter a comma-separated list of tags in the Tags box to the right of the chart.
Use an exclamation point before a tag to specifically exclude cards with that tag.
To calculate burndown 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: hours or days of work, cost of delay, 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 lane. For these situations, LeanKit allows you to generate the burndown diagram based on the total size of the cards rather than the number of cards in the lane.
- To calculate burndown based on card size, check the box Calculate based on Card Size.
Note: Any work items that do not have a size specified or have a size of 0 (zero) will be considered as a size of 1 (one) when calculating queue size.
To filter the chart by card type:
- Click Card Type to the right of the chart and in the list below click on the card types you want to include.
To filter the chart by the 'custom icon':
- Click Custom Icon (or whatever the name has been customized to on this board) and in the list below click on the ones you want to include.