Sprint Burndown Charts with Sub-Tasks that Scale Across Multiple Teams in Jira

What is a Burndown Chart?

A burndown chart is used to visualize the work left to be done in any given sprint compared to the ideal velocity in the same timeframe. They help agile teams keep at an ideal pace of work in order to ship products on schedule.

Sprint burndown chart

The Problem with Burndown Charts in Jira

Burndown charts in Jira only exist for each board and do not scale across multiple teams for projects. Jira's burndown charts also don't account for sub-tasks in their calculation for work to be done.

To get around this, team leads manually export data and use Excel or other costly data visualization tools to create the report they need.

Once the data is exported it gets divorced from the real data stored in Jira, reducing the effectiveness of the report.

Management needs these charts to make timely changes in processes and personnel to make sure projects keep on track and they need to do so looking at data in real-time.

VisualScript's Burndown Chart Report

Large scale projects with multiple teams and sub-tasks need a better solution.

VisualScript's burndown chart provides cross team and cross sprint visibility and lets you properly account for sub-tasks. It's a more flexible and powerful alternative to the built-in Jira burndown chart.

VisualScript's burndown chart:

  • Works across teams for the whole project
  • Includes sub-tasks
  • Gives users the option to not use story points if they don't want them

VisualScript is also fully customizable so you can easily customize and tweak the built-in burndown chart to match your needs.

How it Works

To generate a Sprint Burndown Chart using VisualScript, you'll need VisualScript installed on your Jira instance. Once VisualScript is added to your instance, you can add a VisualScript gadget to your dashboard. When the VisualScript gadget is added to a dashboard, you'll see a list of available reports to run. The built-in reports will be in a folder called "Built-In Reports".

Choose "Jira Sprint Burndown" to add to your dashboard.

You'll be asked to provide a project key and sprint name and specify whether you want to include story points or not.

If you choose to track story points, make sure all issues in your selected sprint have story points assigned to them.

Once your Sprint Burndown is generated, you'll see a green line sloping from left to right that represents your ideal trajectory for progress.

The numbers in yellow boxes indicate the number of issues at the start of the day. The numbers in the yellow boxes indicate the number of issues completed that day. If you're using story points, the numbers will indicate story points instead of issues.

The percentages to the left of the chart indicate the percent of work complete for the entire sprint.

The target burn rate is the amount of work that needs to be completed per day to complete all work by the end of the sprint. The actual burn rate represents the speed at which your team is actually getting through work.

Your team's velocity is the actual burn rate. This will let you know how much work they'll finish during the sprint.

VisualScript burndown chart using parameters

Customize to Fit Your Needs

While VisualScript offers a turn-key, no-code solution that will work out of the box for many teams, you can also easily make adjustments to create a custom report.

VisualScript comes with a built-in SDK that makes it easy to generate custom reports that fit your teams' needs. We even have friendly engineers who will help you get started.

We'll Build You a Custom Reporting Solution Free

VisualScript's strength lies in the ability to customize any of the built-in reports. We'd like to invite you to join our special Proof-of-Concept program to help you diagnose your existing reporting gaps and to develop a custom solution. This program includes an extended evaluation and one-on-one collaboration with one of our developers to implement a dashboard of relevant reports.

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