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Agile Glossary 101: Burnup Chart


What is a Burnup Chart?

A Burnup Chart is a graphical representation of an Agile project team’s progress. It reflects the total amount of work that has been completed (burnup) versus the total amount of work that needs to be completed (scope). The burnup chart has two main lines; one for the planned work and the other for the completed work. The burnup chart also shows individual stories and tasks and their respective progress.

Purpose of Burnup Chart

Burnup charts are a useful tool for tracking project progress and can help to identify impediments or areas of concern. They also provide an effective way of communicating progress to stakeholders and other project team members, as well as helping to drive the momentum of a project.

What are the Benefits of a Burnup Chart?

Agile teams use a sprint burnup chart to monitor their progress and efficiency from one sprint to another. The chart also allows everyone on the team to see how much work still needs to be done and if the project can realistically be completed based on the current rate of progress. This helps ensure the team stays motivated and on track with its goals.

The burnup chart is an example of how to spot changes and investigate whether or not they may be a problem for your team. For example, if you notice that your team went from completing 20 sprints to only 10, this might signify an issue at hand. By using the burnup chart, you and your team can more easily find these types of problems so that you can correct them as soon as possible.

By extending the work completed line, you can predict when a project will end. Doing so lets you estimate the length of the project but also be proactive about monitoring progress and discussing solutions if it looks like finishing on schedule is unlikely.

Furthermore, a burnup chart keeps track of your entire scope and how that affects the time needed to complete the project. Scope in project management refers to all the conditions and objectives necessary for a project’s success. Using a burnup chart, you can more easily display progress updates to your client or key stakeholders.


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