Join Doug Rose for an in-depth discussion in this video Updating the burndown, part of Agile at Work: Reporting with Agile Charts and Boards.
- At some point, a stakeholder…will ask, "How's it going with your project?"…When that happens, you don't want…to give him a rundown of the team's philosophy.…Instead, they'll want to hear something like,…"We're on track," or, "Things are looking good."…Then you can point to a high-level chart.…For most agile teams, this high-level…chart is the burndown.…Like all reports, the burndown…is only as good as the information…that goes into making it.…To get the most from your burndown,…you'll want to make sure that the…team regularly updates the chart.…The Scrum Master typically keeps…these charts up to date.…
Burndown charts are popular for a few reasons.…First, everything in agile is time boxed.…Meaning that the team works in…predictable chunks of time.…Second, the chart helps motivate the team.…They zero in on a due date.…It's much more rewarding.…Each day your team is getting closer…to their fixed goal.…Both sides of the burndown are fixed.…This closely follows the agile approach.…The cost and time are the only two constraints.…
Bonus: Watch the bonus chapter at the end of this course where Doug answers common questions about the agile mindset, including what types of projects would be the best fit.
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- Explain the purpose of a taskboard and how it can help keep a project on track.
- List the correct order of the swim lanes on a taskboard.
- Name the two types of burndown charts.
- Recognize the problems that occur when a team does not break down epics into stories.
- Identify the three roles in the triangle of responsibility.