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Track the velocity of your Scrum team over time using the Velocity Chart. It will show the team’s commitment, and what they delivered, for each sprint.

(Note: This feature is only for GreenHopper 5.10 and above)

The velocity chart shows the amount of value delivered in each sprint, enabling you to better predict the amount of work your team can get done in future sprints. It is useful during sprint planning meetings, to help you decide how much work you can feasibly commit to.

You can estimate your team’s velocity based on the Total Estimate (for all completed stories) for each recent sprint. This isn’t an exact science — looking at several sprints will help you to get a feel for the trend. For each sprint, the velocity chart shows the sum of the Estimates for complete and incomplete stories. Estimates can be based on story points, business value, hours, issue count, or any numeric field of your choice (see Configuring Estimation and Tracking). Please note that the values for each issue are recorded at the time when the issue moves into the sprint. Changing the Estimate value afterwards will not be reflected in the velocity chart.

To view the velocity chart,

  1. Click the Agile link’s down-arrow in the top navigation bar, then select your preferred board from the resulting dropdown menu.
  2. Click Report, then select Velocity Chart from the drop-down at left.

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