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Scrum charts in Agile Development 2.0

Scrum charts in Agile Development 2.0

The Agile Development application provides velocity and burndown charts that track sprint performance.

Group velocity chart
The velocity chart shows the estimated effort (in story points) delivered across multiple sprints by an assignment group. This view gives the scrum master an idea of the general capacity of the group over time and allows for more accurate sprint planning.

Velocity charts are most meaningful when sprint duration is constant and the available points for group members do not change between sprints. Use the velocity chart as guidance and not as a factual representation of what the group can produce in the next sprint.

Burndown chart
The burndown chart is one of the most important tools of a scrum team. It compares the ideal progress of a release or sprint from start to finish compared with the actual daily progress. These measurements help to manage the release and sprints more efficiently from day to day and to head off major issues.

Prerequisites

At this stage, you should have planned the sprints for a group and completed at least one sprint. You can only view velocity charts for completed sprints. You can use burndown charts to track sprints in progress or for sprint retrospectives. For a complete list of the tasks required to use the agile process and links to the necessary procedures, see Agile Development process flow.

View a group velocity chart

A group velocity chart shows the effort (as points) for a specific group against multiple sprints. It can help determine how many points worth of work can be completed per sprint for a given group, provided the team composition and sprint duration remain the same.

Before you begin

  • Story point estimates must be accurate for velocity calculation to be meaningful.
  • You can only view velocity charts for completed sprints. To view completed sprints, click Sprints related list on a group record.

Procedure

  1. Navigate to Agile Development > Groups.
  2. Open the group record for which velocity chart should be generated.
  3. Click Group Velocity related link.
    Note: The product owner and scrum master can also view the velocity chart for a group from their respective dashboards.
  4. Select the Duration for which you want to review the group performance.
    The following example group velocity chart displays the estimate of effort for the CRM group for the completed sprints in last three months. The X-axis shows the effort expressed in points and the Y-axis shows the completed sprints.
    Figure 1. Group velocity chart example
    Screenshot of group velocity chart for four completed sprints

View a burndown chart

You can view a burndown chart for any sprint or a release.

About this task

The burndown chart compares ideal sprint progress with the actual progress of the assignment group for the sprint. The chart helps the scrum master to make constant adjustments throughout the sprint to keep the group on track. The burndown chart is also used to track the progress of a release.

Procedure

Open a burndown chart in one of these ways:
OptionAction
From a release record
  1. Navigate to Agile Development > Releases.
  2. Open the release record for which burndown chart should be displayed.
  3. Click Burndown Chart related link.
From sprint record
  1. Navigate to Agile Development > Groups.
  2. Open the desired group from the list.
  3. Select a sprint in the Sprints related list.
  4. Click Burndown Chart related link on the sprint form.
From product owner dashboard
  1. Navigate to Agile Development > Product Owner Dashboard.
  2. Select Burndown tab.
  3. Apply appropriate filters to display release, and sprint burndown charts.
From scrum master dashboard
  1. Navigate to Agile Development > Scrum Master Dashboard.
  2. Select Burndown tab.
  3. Apply appropriate filters to display sprint burndown chart for the selected sprint for a group.

In the following example sprint burn down chart, the blue line represents the ideal progress for the sprint from start to finish. The green line is the actual progress the group made during the sprint. The group progress below the blue line shows where team activity surpassed the ideal slope as group members completed more story points than expected. The upward slope indicates the introduction of additional work (points) into the sprint, perhaps because of an unexpected task.

Figure 2. Burndown chart example
Screenshot of a sprint burndown chart