How do I create a Burndown Chart using my Kanban board?

I am using excel to generate a Burndown for a 6 week release, which is on a Kanban board. Is there an easy way I can generate the Burndown using the Kanban Board to display a report on the team wiki?

Even better, is it possible to create a gadget Kanban Burndown?

I know it would not be as accurate as a Scrum Board, but it will aid us tremendously in visualizing our bottlenecks.






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Nope.  Burndown charts are for showing the estimated and actual work occurring in a sprint.  Kanban doesn't have sprints, so "kanban burndown" is basically nonsense.  Even saying "6 week release" implies you should be using a Scrum board because you are planning what is effectively a sprint.

Try the Control report though - that gives you a good indication of how your team is doing without needing a sprint to tie it to.  (I quite like the cumulative flow instead, it feels better for "how we're doing" at a glance)


Try the Great Gadgets add-on (see It offers a Release Burndown Chart Gadget that is based on a JIRA issue filter and allows you to select the start and end date for your release. 

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