Atlassian’s public issue tracker, jira.atlassian.com, contains all kinds of feature requests from our customers. Occasionally, our ecosystem of add-on developers takes it upon themselves to build an add-on that implements one of these features, such as Broken Build recently did with GHS-5513. Meet them at Atlassian Summit 2014!

“As a Scrum Master, I’d like to have BurnUp Charts available on the Rapid Board” says GHS-5513. What is a burnup chart anyway, and why does it matter? Can’t you just turn a burndown chart upside down?!

There is a common idea behind burndown and burnup charts – showing sprint progress based on planned and completed work. But burndown charts focus on work remaining so the chart should always go down when issues are closed, right? But if a new issue is added to a sprint, it’s not always obvious why the remaining work has increased.

For teams with flexible sprints, burnup charts help clarify the uncertainty. Burnup’s focus is on completed work, supplemented by the total amount of historical work. It helps scrum masters, product owners, and teams see the big picture and react quickly on performance and scope changes. It’s critical to see the picture based on work done in sprints, not project versions, to use the existing JIRA Agile data.

Burnup report example

Inspired by GHS-5513, we at “Broken Build” endeavored to fix this in our new add-on, Agile Reports and Gadgets. Agile Reports already contains sprint-by-sprint burnup charts and dashboard gadgets, including:

  • Completed work progress – burnup is incrementally built based on all historic sprints.
  • Total work change – see how much work has been added to the board and when.
  • Forecast completion – automatically calculate forecast completion dates based on previous sprint velocity and total remaining work.
  • Cone of uncertainty – calculate min, average, and max velocity from previous sprints.
  • Filter by epics – limit the burnup scope by selecting specific epics.

Burnup charts is just the start of our Agile Reports add-on. We plan to build a library of useful and practical reports, charts, and gadgets to help teams and organizations become even more Agile. Contribute your own story by sharing ideas based on a daily work and needs.

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