Burndown Chart

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Definition of Burndown Chart:

A burndown chart shows all pending work. The vertical axis represents the backlog and the horizontal axis indicates time. The work that remains to be done can be represented by story points, ideal days, team days, or other metrics.

Synonyms of Burndown Chart:

Release Burndown Chart, Iteration Burndown Chart.

Burndown Chart Usage:

A burndown chart is used by agile teams to monitor all the work remaining to be done on a project and predict when all the work will be completed.

Benefits of the Burndown Chart:

  • The team is warned when something is not going according to plan.
  • The impact of decisions is shown.
  • Progress is communicated and it is possible to estimate when work will be completed.

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