Tracking throughput with Kanban

We are considering moving from scrum with three week sprints to Kanban with continuous integration. We want to make sure this gives us an increase in velocity. We know our sprint velocity in terms of story points. How do we measure this with Kanban?

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I would make it simple - estimate in Story Points as before to have anything to compare to, but maybe make it less formal.

Sum up the points for issues resolved in the past three weeks (floating day by day) or last week and multiply by 3.

Are there any widgets or existing reports that will give the points per time period? If not i assume that I will have to create a filter and manually add them up. I want a way to display this on a dashboard or similar.

Not aware of any off hand, we've developed our own DW driven from JIRA that we use.

Same question here: https://answers.atlassian.com/questions/85876

There is a feature request here: https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/JRA-23864 and there is a paid-for plugin here: https://marketplace.atlassian.com/plugins/com.qotilabs.jira.rich-filters-plugin/server/overview 

I have not tried the plugin and am not recommending for or against it, just mentioning that it exists and reportedly solves this problem.

Thanks. I will try the plugin.

Please feel free to update this post with your experience and Good Luck!

Even if you use Kanban, it makes a lot of sense to track how many Story Points your team burns every week, two weeks or month. 

In JIRA Cloud you can see this by using the Great Gadgets add-on (https://marketplace.atlassian.com/plugins/com.stonikbyte.great.gadgets.plugin/cloud/overview). There is a newly added gadget named "Kanban Velocity" that calculates the velocity based on a JIRA issue filter or Kanban board and specific time intervals (instead of sprints).

Read more about the Kanban Velocity gadget here: https://bitbucket.org/StonikByte/great-gadgets-add-on/wiki/Home#!kanban-velocity-gadget

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