A burndown chart is a data visualization that show the progress of work over time. It's typically used in project management to track how much work has been completed and identify any delays or problems with meeting deadlines.
Almost all projects have deadlines and limited resources, and a burndown chart is a simple graphical method of presenting the work vs. the time left in a project while taking into account the resource availability.
The Basic Burndown Chart is a simple, yet powerful tool for project managers. It provides a clear picture of the work left to be completed and the time it will take. The Burndown Chart can also be used as an estimator for how long it will take to complete future projects with similar scope.
Its most common layout of the chart and represents:
Work left (in work hours) along the vertical (Y) axis
The time left (in workdays) in the horizontal (X) axis.
- It provides a way to visualize progress in very simple terms.
- It helps identify any bottlenecks or blockages in the process.
- It is easy to understand and interpret by both technical and non-technical individuals.
- It can be used for various types of projects, not just software development processes.
- It facilitates communication between team members because everyone knows what their responsibilities are at all times when working on the project!