Burn up and burn down charts are two types of charts that project managers use to track and communicate the progress of their projects. In Rindle, both charts can be found in the Reports section of any board.

A burn up chart shows how much work has been completed and the total amount of work, whereas a burn down chart shows how much work is remaining to be done in the project. These charts are widely used in Agile and scrum project management but can be used in any type of workflow.

Burn up

The burn up chart can be accessed by click the Burn Up tab (selected by default)

The burn up chart includes the following data points:

Added - The number of tasks added

Completed - The number of tasks completed

Added Aggregate - Total number of tasks added to date

Completed Aggregate - Total number of tasks completed to date

Predicted Completion - Estimated based on the average number of completed tasks per day

These data points are plotted by:

X-Axis = Date

Y-Axis = # of Tasks

Burn Down

The burn down chart can be accessed by click the Burn Down tab (selected by default)

The burn down chart includes the following data points:

Added - The number of tasks added

Completed - The number of tasks completed

Remaining Effort - Total number of tasks added to date

Predicted Completion - Estimated based on the average number of completed tasks per day

These data points are plotted by:

X-Axis = Date

Y-Axis = # of Tasks

Chart Controls

The chart has the following control options:

  • Zoom In

  • Zoom Out

  • Selection Zoom

  • Panning

  • Reset Zoom

  • Key Filtering

Zoom In and Zoom Out

Clicking Zoom In or Zoom Out allows you to zoom in/out the entire chart. This also allows you to see different date ranges.

Selection Zoom

Clicking the Selection Zoom icon allows you to select a portion of the chart with your mouse, by holding the click and dragging left to right, to zoom on a specific section or date range of the chart.

Panning

When using Zoom In or Selection Zoom, you click the Panning icon, then pan the chart by holding the click and dragging left or right.

Reset Zoom

Clicking Reset Zoom resets any zoom setting applied and brings you back to the original chart state.

Key Filtering

Click on any entry in the chart key to remove it from the chart.

Key Filters can be applied at any time, even while using Zoom In, Zoom Out, and Selection Zoom. They will also be reflected in chart exports.

Exporting Charts

Burn up and burn down charts can be downloaded as SVG or PNG files.

Click the menu and select your preferred file type:

Examining a burndown and burnup chart of the same project: In the burndown chart, it appears that the team did not accomplish much in the middle of the project but heroically finished everything at the end. The burnup chart shows the complete picture - that the scope increased at the beginning of the project, and some scope was removed to finish the project by the deadline, whilst the team made steady progress through the entire duration of the project.

Your goal

The primary determinant in whether to use a burnup or burndown chart is what you are trying to accomplish, your goal. Are you presenting to clients for the continued survival of the project? Are you trying to motivate your project team? Are you simply trying to increase your own knowledge and understanding of what is happening in the project? The answers to these questions will determine which chart to use.

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