Why Burn-up Chart Is Better Than Burn-down Chart

I’ve always favored a burn-down chart myself as I’m usually driving towards a fixed date and it seems easier to me to determine how likely meeting that date is from the burn-down chart, but Pawel makes some great points about the benefits of a burn-up chart on his blog.  I like the line across the top that moves as scope changes, I don’t think the burn-up charts I have tried had that feature, and maybe that’s why I didn’t like them.  Maybe I’ll have to try one soon including that line and see how it goes.

…burn-up chart makes it all perfectly visible as progress is tracked independently on scope change.

You can see scope changes in both directions, as well as real progress. And this is exactly why choosing burn-up over burn-down should be no brainer.

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