Note: This article refers to releases and features. Depending on your workspace type, you may see "schedules" and “activities" in your workspace.

Aha! Roadmaps | Burndown chart

Each release's detail view includes a link to a burndown chart called the Progress chart so you can track the progress of your release against an ideal velocity.

From a single view, you can confidently forecast release dates and understand whether you need to change scope or add more resources to deliver key functionality on time. Ultimately, the burndown chart gives you a real-time view of where your release progress currently stands.

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Access the progress chart

To access a release's burndown chart, open its detail view or navigate to Releases Details and click View progress at the top of the page. If you do not see the View progress button, navigate to Settings ⚙️ Workspace -> Capacity planning and make sure you have enabled capacity planning in your workspace.

Note: The Releases Details page, also called the Plans Details page, is disabled by default. You can enable it by customizing your workspace's navigation.


Customize your progress chart

The horizontal axis on the progress chart represents your release's timeline. The vertical axis is the numeric representation of progress but it can be customized to track that progress from three different sources.

Click the Customize dropdown to customize the progress calculation:

  1. Show by features count: This option will chart based on the number of features at the start of the release and track as features are completed (or added) throughout the release.

  2. Show by features and requirement count: This option tracks both the number of features and the number of requirements being worked on in the release. It is especially useful for teams that use requirements to track user stories.

  3. Show by effort (points/time): This option visualizes story point or time-based capacity throughout the release. You need capacity planning for individuals enabled to use this option. It allows you to get a more accurate burndown over time if your features greatly vary in effort because its visual representation of a feature is relative to its capacity estimate.


Use the progress chart

The gray slope line illustrates the recommended burndown velocity over time based on the Development started on date and the Release date (internal). It represents the recommendation only and does not reflect actual progress tracked in Aha! Roadmaps or your development system.

Note: The burndown chart does not appear on parking lot releases.

The colored vertical bars are visual representations of data updates that are happening in Aha! Roadmaps and from your integrated development system. They make it easy to understand the progress of work completed and scope changed in the release.

  • Green: Work marked complete within the release

  • Purple: Work moved out of this release to reduce scope

  • Red: Work added to the release to increase scope

The trending blue line represents the current amount of outstanding work across your release. Your goal should be for the blue line to track with the gray line. If your blue line is tracking above the gray line, you have an early indicator that you may need to reduce scope. Similarly, if the blue line is tracking below the gray line, you may be ahead of schedule.

By hovering over each colored bar, you will see the list of features included in that change.


Change your burndown chart view

For many users, the burndown chart is just one way to view the same data. Often you want to examine the work your team plans to complete in a Gantt chart or visualize it in a calendar report, as well as track its burndown progress.

Use the Change view type dropdown to switch between several common views while retaining any filters you have added.

Note: Filters you add yourself will transfer to a new view. Page filters — filters associated with the original view that cannot be removed — will not appear on the new view.

Your View type options are:

  • Gantt: The gantt chart view of your work.

  • Details: The details view of your work.

  • Progress: The burndown chart of a specific release.

  • Calendar: The calendar view of your work.


Share your progress chart

At any stage of your release, you can easily share your progress chart with your stakeholders by selecting one of the export options under the More options button on the top-right of the page.

  • To fold your chart into a presentation, select Add to presentation. In your presentation, you can select the chart's update frequency.

  • To add your burndown chart to a dashboard, select Add to dashboard. Dashboards combine several Aha! Roadmaps views into one page to tell a complete story about your plans and progress.

  • To invite people outside of your Aha! Roadmaps account to view your report, select Share as webpage.

  • To schedule recurring email delivery of your report, select Schedule email delivery.

  • For a static version of your chart, export it to PNG image or PDF document.


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