A Pleasure to Burn

Keep an eye on your progress with Burn Up Charts, Burn Down Charts, or Cumulative Flow Diagrams.


Popularized by Scrum, burn charts are a way to visualize the amount of work done and also to analyze your WIP. Used as a tool linked to your product backlog, this chapter will show you how to use this tool and how it can help the teams to manage their work.

  • Product backlog
  • Burn chart
  • Scrum
  • Kanban
  • WIP
  • Cumulative flow diagram
Practices Explained

Burn Charts

Cumulative Flow Diagrams

Practices Mentioned

Burn Rate

Lead Time

Cycle Time


Queue Length


Coming Soon!


Chapter 14 Illustrations

Recommended Tools

Print your burn down

Burndown for trello

Recommended Books

The Scrum Field Guide: Agile Advice for Your First Year and Beyond by Mitch Lacey

Kanban and Scrum – Making the Most of Both
by Henrik Kniberg, Mattias Skarin

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