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Rekindling Burndown

Is the Campfire Cold?Match Burning Down

Back at the 2009 Workfront User Conference, there was quite a bit of buzz around Agile Project Management tools. One concept I like was a burndown chart: pick some Tasks, choose a timeframe, then use a picture to confirm you’re on track to meet your goal.

I haven’t heard much about burndown charts since then, so I wonder…has the fire gone out?


A Spark of an Idea

Most modern Portolio Project Management Software does a good job of highlighting current state: what has happened, is happening, and will happen, from a particular current point in time, at the time it occurs. A burndown chart, however, has a historical state to it, allowing Project Managers to compare progress over time, not just at the time. That’s the tricky part. However using some concepts I presented in my Project Management Time Travel post, I’ve had some success. Here’s a picture. There’s a groovy animated browser version, too.


Burndown Example


Warming Up to the Concept

To be fair: this was just a prototype. But I’m considering taking it further. If you are interested in building Burndown Charts in Workfront, I’d love to hear from you. Specifically, how would you suggest I prioritize these alternatives?

When running a burndown chart, the majority of users will want:
 

A. To choose a single Project and generate a burndown chart run for all Tasks in the Project for the entire duration of the Project

B. To choose a single Project, provide a sprint name and associated date range within that Project, then generate a burndown chart run for all Tasks in the Project that are Planned [vs Projected] to finish within that date range

C. Same as B, but based on Projected to finish within that date range

D. To multi-select one or more Projects, provide a sprint name and associated date range, provide a Task Category, then generate a burndown chart run for all Tasks with that Category across those Projects, providing the Tasks are Planned [vs Projected] to finish within that date range

E. Same as D, but based on Projected to finish within that date range


You can either leave comments so others can read them, or email me directly at doug.denhoed@gmail.com.

Thanks in advance!