Sprint Burndown cards

Use Sprint Burndown cards to accurately visualize the amount of work being completed in one sprint. See at a glance if your team is on track.

Our new Sprint cards offer improved accuracy and performance! Existing Sprint cards and legacy Burndown cards are still available.

What you'll need

Sprint Burndown Cards

Cards are used to build custom Dashboards so you can report on and visualize your team's progress.

Burndown cards compare the work your team committed to finishing over one sprint to the amount they finished. Burndown is calculated using the following values:

  • Y-axis: Represents the measure of effort that's configured in your default Workspace or Sprint Folder Sprint settings.
  • X-axis: Represents your current sprint. by default. You can adjust the x-axis to reflect another already-completed sprint. 

Sprint Burndown charts

Each Burndown card displays data in a Burndown chart. Sprint Burndown charts visualize the amount of work being completed in one sprint against the amount of work you estimated would be completed.

The chart's Guideline sets the ideal pace for the completion of work.

The data below is expressed as Sprint Points or a Time Estimate unless otherwise specified.

Above the line chart, Total effort, Guideline, Completed, and Remaining effort display the most recent values of the corresponding data below.

GIF showing how chart data changes over time.

Hover over the chart to view more detail. Move your mouse across the chart to see the following data over the duration of the sprint:

  • Forecasted: The amount of estimated work for each sprint. 
  • Total effort: Measures the total amount of work in a sprint at a point in time. This includes scope changes, whether a new task is added after the sprint begins or an existing task is re-estimated.
    • This is the net change in effort divided by the forecast.
    • Expressed by a green positive or negative percentage representing net change.
    • The chart, above shows a sprint where total effort has changed because Sprint Points for a task were re-estimated after the sprint began.
  • Guideline: Represented by a downward-trending gray line. It represents ideal progress toward the completion of work based on the tasks planned when your forecast is locked.
    • The guideline is calculated by dividing the forecast by the number of days in the sprint.
    • The guideline percentage is calculated by dividing the current guideline by the forecast.
    • You must lock your forecast for the guideline to calculate.
  • Remaining effort: The total amount of work in the sprint when the sprint was locked. As tasks are completed, the remaining effort decreases or burns down.
    • The remaining effort does not change when new tasks are added to the sprint after your forecast is locked. The remaining effort does change when tasks added before your forecast was locked are re-estimated or removed from the sprint.
  • Completed: The work completed cumulatively throughout the sprint divided by the forecast.
  • Completed daily: The amount of work completed in each 24 hours.  

For current sprints, the chart data updates in real time. You can also manually refresh data by clicking the refresh icon in the upper-right corner of the chart.

You must lock your forecast to indicate the end of sprint planning. This cannot be undone. Values for forecasted, guideline, and remaining effort are calculated using the tasks added to the sprint before locking your forecast.

Add a Dashboard view to a Sprint

Add a Sprint Dashboard view to efficiently visualize and report on the work in a particular Sprint. The Dashboard view will be automatically created when a new Sprint is created.

The Sprint Reporting template includes several cards optimized for Sprint planning and reporting, including Burndown.  

Add a Burndown card to a Dashboard

To add a Burndown card from a Dashboard:

  1. From a Dashboard, click + Add Card in the top-right corner.
  2. From the left menu, select Sprints
  3. Click Sprint Burndown.
  4. Configure the following options:
    • Name: By default, your chart is named Sprint Burndown. You can rename it.
    • Sprints from: Select a Sprint Folder. Data from this sprint populates the chart. 
    • Measure of effort (y-axis): Populated by the method you use to measure effort. This method is configured in your default Workspace or Folder Sprint settings.
    • By default, the sprints created in a Sprint Folder inherit the settings configured on the Workspace level.
    • Non-working days: Populated by any days of the week your team does not work. These days aren't reflected in your Burndown card calculations. They display as gray on the chart. 
    • Sprint: By default, this is set to include your current sprint. You can also create a Burndown Chart based on another completed sprint. Your choices are:
      • Previous Sprint: The last completed sprint. 
      • Specific Sprint: From the dropdown, choose any completed sprint from the Sprint Folder you've selected. 
  5. The data from the sprint chosen is added to the Burndown Chart in real time.

Anyone with permissions to view the chart sees the same data, regardless of their permissions for the related Folders and tasks.

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