Velocity Chart

Velocity Chart shows a comparison between The Planned Scope at the start of a timebox v/s The Amount of Work Completed at the end of the timebox over a period of time. It guides you with an idea of how much average Velocity is burned within every timebox. It also reveals,

  • Velocity is measured at the end of an iteration, so that speed of the team can be measured.
  • Amount of Size delivered within each timebox enables you to predict the amount of work the team can get done in future timeboxes.
  • It is useful during your planning meetings, to help you decide how much work you can feasibly commit to.
  • As a result, measuring progress becomes easy, to see if there is any improvement over a period of time.

Here you’ll learn how to:

How to Read

X-Axis: Shows timeboxes name.

Y-AxisPlanned Scope: Total Planned scope by the sum of Estimated size for the number of workitems. 

Work Completed: Actual work completed by the sum of Estimated size for the number of  workitems completed. 

Filters

You can view the velocity chart for last 15 Timebox (iteration/sprint).

Drilldown

Just viewing chart doesn’t help you enough until you can view associated work items and act upon.
To view associated work items,

  • Click on any data point
  • Work-items get displayed just right below the chart

Velocity chart displays all work-items related to timebox as shown in the image below.


 

How to Use

It is recommended to measure the Velocity of the team at the end of an iteration.

  • You will able to compare progress over a period of time.
  • You can list down common causes for not achieving the Planned Scope by comparing various iterations and as a result, iterations improve gradually.
  • Planning can be done according to the Velocity of the team so that disasters are avoided.