Online Burn Down Chart Generator

Create Printable Burn Down Chart Templates for Your Sprint, Release or Personal Goals

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Create a blank burn down chart template here. You can then print the chart and track the actual line using a pen.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a burn down chart?

    A burn down chart has two axis: one tracking time, the other tracking the amount of work left. The amount of work is measured in story points or in a unit of time like hours or days.

    In an ideal world, work would be completed (or burned down) in a linear way. This is visualised by the ideal line. In complex projects, the ideal line is used as guidline to show a team how much work should be completed each day in order to complete all work by the end of the tracking period. The actual work completed is then entered as the actual line each day as time passes.

  • What is the purpose of a burn down chart and when to use it?

    The purpose of a burn down chart is to visualise progress against time. It is used in project management and in agile processes like Scrum.

    A good metaphor for what a burn down chart measures is spreading a pile of dirt with a shovel. If someone were to track the remainder of the pile over time and plot it, they’ve got themselves a burn down chart. When the dirt is shoveled at a constant speed, the actual line will be linear and identical with the ideal line (see above). In this case it's easy to make a prediction about when the job will be done: when the actual line hits zero on the vertical axis tracking the amount of work.

  • What is a sprint burn down chart?

    Burn down charts are commonly used in Scrum teams to track their progress during a sprint. A sprint burn down chart’s horizontal axis starts on the first day of the sprint and ends on the last day. It’s ideal line starts at the amount of story points (or measures of time) that the sprint backlog was estimated as.

    Because a Scrum team commits to delivering a certain amount of work each sprint, the sprint burn down chart is a good way to compare the work that has been done each day against the work that’s left. It’s an easy visual tool to inspect whether the Scrum team is on track to achieving their sprint goal or if they need to adapt their delivery approach or their sprint backlog.

  • How to create a sprint burn down chart template?

    1. Enter the title of your sprint into the Title, e.g. Sprint 1

    2. If you are estimating in story points, leave Label y axis at its default, otherwise change as appropriate

    3. Enter the sum estimate of your sprint backlog into the Starting value field

    4. Set the Start date and the End date fields to the start and end dates of your sprint

    5. If your team doesn’t work on weekends, leave the Days Working section at its default, otherwise tick all checkboxes

    6. Optionally, to make plotting easier, you can tick the Grids checkbox

    7. Now tick the Burn Up checkbox, click Create and you’ve got yourself a burn down chart template

  • What is a burn up chart?

    A burn up chart is a flipped version of a burn down chart. Instead of burning work down, it tracks the work done in an upwards manner. Although being similar ideas, the use cases of burn down versus burn up charts are different: Burn up charts are commonly used to track longer timeframes compared to burn down charts (see below).

  • What is the purpose of a burn up chart and when to use it?

    Burn up charts are often used in project management with the purpose of tracking releases. They are a great tool to track the delivery of all backlog items to be included in a release and the amount of work left for the release to be ready.

    Because burn up charts are open towards the top, the ideal line can easily be adjusted whenever the release scope, the delivery velocity or any estimates of the work change. This usually happens several times throughout the delivery of a release as agile teams find out more about the work left to be done.

  • How to use a burn up chart to track a release?

    As a prerequisite, at least a rough estimate of all the work required to deliver the release is required. If the team has already completed a couple of sprints and knows its velocity, then an ideal or projected line can be drawn as a straight line from the zero point of the chart and incrementing it by the average velocity every sprint up to the point of completion of all estimated items. This will give you an estimate of how many sprints will be needed to deliver the release.

    Each sprint, the ideal line should be updated in the cases that the delivery velocity of the team changes, the team learns more about the nature of the work or whenever the scope of the release changes.

  • How to create a burn up chart template?

    1. Enter the title of your release into the Title, e.g. Global Header Relaunch

    2. If you are estimating in story points, leave Label y axis at its default, otherwise change as appropriate

    3. Enter the sum total of all estimated epics or items of work into the Starting value field

    4. Either leave the Start date field to be the date today or set it to the date when development on the release is due to start

    5. Tick all the checkboxes in the Days Working section to get a smooth ideal line

    6. Now tick the Burn Up checkbox, click Update and you’ve got yourself a burn up chart template

  • How can I use burndown charts for personal project management?

    Apart from delivering projects and sprints in agile teams, both burn down and burn up charts can also be used to track personal goals.

    For any numeric goal that you have, for example saving an amount of money or talking to x new people at networking events over the next month(s), you can create a burn down chart and update it each day with your progress.

    Let's say you have an investment fund and a goal, e.g. doubling your fund over a year - you can keep an eye on reaching your investment goal with a burn up chart.

  • How to print a burn down or burn up chart template?

    1. After following the steps of creating a burn down or burn up chart template (see above), click Open Print View

    2. A new browser tab will open with a larger version of the chart

    3. Now click the Print chart link and your browser will present you with the default printing options

  • Who created this tool? And why?

    My name is Peter and I build digital products. One day I wanted to print a burn down chart for one of my teams and I struggled. Okay, I admit... one reason for that was that the printer didn't work. But the other one was that the Jira software we were using to manage our Scrum process didn't seem to support printing for burn down charts.

    Another day - it was getting closer to New Year's Eve - I was planning my personal quarterly goals. I wanted to save a certain amount of money over three months and was wondering how I could make sure that I’d stay on track. It seemed that there was one perfect tool that could both visualise my progress as well as motivate me to stay on track: a burn down chart.

    It was settled: I wanted to create a tool that could be used to create and print burn down chart templates. Enter

Knowledge Base

Check the following list of articles to get deeper insights into how to use burn down charts:

Burn Down Chart Examples