A Burndown widget is a Sprint widget available in our Dashboard feature!

What is a Burndown Widget?

This widget lets you create a burndown chart, which is a visual representation of your project’s progress that highlights:

  • How much work is left in a project

  • The time remaining to complete that work

It’s a useful way to instantly track your project progress and the time remaining to work to be completed.

The blue line shows the current quantity of work remaining, represented as tasks on the y-axis.

The amount of time in your project or Sprint is reflected on the x-axis.

The yellow line represents the current rate of progress and the red line represents the ideal rate of progress. If your tasks stay at or under the red line, you'll finish this iteration on time!

Once all the work is done, the blue line should hit zero signaling the end of the project.

That's why it's called a burndown chart: work completed should trend downwards towards zero! 🔥

Note: If you add tasks to your project or Sprint, this will influence the direction of the lines included on this widget, and you may see the lines trend upwards rather than down.

Create a Burndown Widget

  1. Create or view a Dashboard

  2. Click on + Add a widget

  3. Select Sprint Widgets or search for Burndown

  4. Click on Burndown

  5. Give your widget a name (this is optional, and you can rename it later!)

  6. Select the data and options for your Burndown chart

  7. Click Add Widget 🎉

Options available for Burndown charts

Source: You can choose to include Sprints, Lists, or tasks with either label or dropdown Custom Fields.

Sprints: If you selected Sprints as the source, browse and select the Sprints available in your Workspace. You can select Current Sprint to include the current iteration!

Lists: If you selected Lists as the source, browse and select the Lists, Folders, or entire Spaces to include!

Custom Fields: If you selected Custom fields, use this field to select the label or dropdown Custom Fields to include.

Time range: tasks within this timeframe will be included. If you selected Sprints above, the dates will automatically align to the Sprints you've selected.

You can also specify the x-axis time scale of days, weeks, or months.

Amount of work: you can choose from a range of options to calculate the values for your Burndown widget including:

Note: If you're using an amount of work which uses decimal points, then the value displayed on your Burndown widget will round to the nearest whole number.

Include Subtasks: includes subtasks in the data

Include Archive: includes archived tasks in the data

Include Tasks in Multiple Lists: includes tasks in multiple Lists in the data.

This may be a helpful option if you use a backlog List and add tasks to each Sprint rather than having them live in each Sprint!

Show historical data: This option includes the full scope for the Sprint selected, even if an incomplete task has been moved to a more recent Sprint.

Task Filter: You can also filter for specific tasks.

Access these settings by clicking on the icons and settings cog at the top right of your Burndown widget.


Want to learn more?

Check out our Ultimate Guide to Burndown charts to learn even more about how they can help your team visualize their progress.

Learn more about our other Sprint Widgets to measure your Sprints with other key metrics from Agile project management.

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