“Burndown & Control Charts” from an Old Blog

  • A progress line that is below the baseline and increasingly headed down means the team is ahead of their schedule for completing tasks and getting further ahead. This may or may not be good news. If things are going very well during the iteration, the team might discuss with the customer/Product Owner/etc. the possibility of taking on more work. However, this pattern could suggest some tasks being skipped or downgraded in time. That ought to be looked into as well to be sure everyone understands what the pattern means.
  • A progress line that is above the baseline and increasingly headed up means the team is behind their schedule for completing tasks and getting further behind. This is not good news as this pattern suggests some tasks being added or increased in time. This ought to be looked into to find out why work is not converging on the iteration goal.

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