PROJECT burndown




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    Jay Mitchell

    There are two charts available to create a burndown:

    1. Daily history chart

    2. Data series chart

    For both charts you can specify which cards in the project to include (all cards or a subset of cards in the project).

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    Bryan Pearson

    Thanks, those are good examples, but i'm not very good with this stuff (still learning).  It looks like Daily History Chart is what I'm looking for, but I'm not sure how to plug in what I need.  All I really want is to show all points in the backlog and that it's tracking toward an end date.

    Any help for a beginner would be much, much appreciated.  Tips on what I can plug into where would be very helpful.  Thanks again!

    aggregate: SUM('Story Points')
    chart-conditions: release = 'Release 3' AND Type = Story
    start-date: 07 Jun 2010
    end-date: 18 Jun 2010
    chart-height: 350
    chart-width: 500
    y-title: Total Scope
    - label: all
    color: gray
    line-width: 1
    - label: must
    color: black
    conditions: 'Release Priority' = must
    - label: analysis complete
    color: green
    line-width: 2
    conditions: 'story status' > 'analysis in progress'
    - label: dev complete
    color: orange
    line-width: 2
    conditions: 'story status' > 'development in progress'
    - label: signed off
    color: purple
    line-width: 2
    conditions: 'story status' > 'signoff in progress'
    - label: Closed
    color: blue
    line-width: 2
    conditions: 'story status' = 'closed'
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    Hi Bryan,

    This is very similar to my feature request "ideal velocity line" (!
    It's just that I've got a sprint in mind not the entire product backlog.

    The existing graphs can't plot the ideal line from the beginning. You'll get an actual line (up till "today") and a trend line based on work that's been done. So no ideal line for the whole period.

    However, this old chart works very well for us – but we don't se any ideal line yet…
    If you want to try it out, you can just alter the conditions, start and end date, the date you use (we use completed on when something is done) and also the property you use for story points (we use estimate planning).Then you just add more "labels" as you go.


       conditions: 'Planning – Release' = (Current Release) AND Type = Story
       cumulative: true
       x-title: Completed On
       y-title: Total scope
       x-labels-start: (Release Start Date)
       x-labels-end: (Release End Date)
       x-labels-step: 7
       chart-width: 800
       chart-height: 500
       plot-width: 550
       plot-height: 375
       - label: Complete
         color: blue
         data: SELECT 'Completed On', SUM('Estimate – Planning') WHERE 'Completed On' IS NOT NULL
         trend: true
         trend-line-width: 2
         down-from: SELECT SUM('Estimate – Planning')

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    Søren Bruncke Petersen



    I've got the daily history chart up and running.  However I cannot find/figure out how to create a burn down chart. It only seems to provide burn up chart functionality?



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    I've got the same problem regarding the daily-history. Ended up using data-series-chart instead so I could add "down-from" in the series part.


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    Melissa Doerken

    Hi Soren,

    Thanks for reaching out. If you’re looking to create a burn-down, I’d reiterate Lisa’s suggestion to use the “down-from” parameter in our data-series chart.

    I’d also recommend taking a look at the fixed date chart, which we developed to help you answer the question, “What can we get done by date x?” (There’s also our forecasting chart, which helps you answer the question, “When will we be done?”, as well as our ratio bar chart, which you can use to visualize the percent completion of stories and/or features. You can read about the fixed date and forecasting charts, which were released in Mingle 12.1, in our blog.)

    If you’d like suggestions on which might be most appropriate for you, it’d be great to know what you’re interested in tracking. Are you looking at stories, story points, tasks, hours? Also, I’d be interested to know how you’re using this information to improve and advance your work.

    Thanks again and feel free to reach out with any other questions or which option you ended up using.


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