Burndown Charts - How Do They Work? (New User)

Hi all...

I am a new user to Jira and Greenhopper, and we are just now starting to use the tool in our first sprint...

Right now, my burndown is going in the wrong direction! I am not surprised, as we have developers who have entered in their "original estimates" late, after we officially started the sprint.

I have my engineers updating their "remaining estimates" on a daily basis, but they don't seem to be getting credit for the burndown...

We are burning down based on time, not on story points...

It seems that engineers only get credit for burning down when they have completed tasks...is this the way that Greenhopper/Jira works? What about the 2 week task that is stuck "In Progress", but is getting a daily burndown through the constant update of "Remaining Estimate"?

Is there any way for me to accomplish what I am trying to do?

Thanks everyone! I hope my description makes some sense to all of you, and that you can provide some assistance to a noobie... :)


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Paul Greig Atlassian Team Mar 14, 2013

Hi MikeekiM,

There is a document regarding the viewing of the Burndown chart in GreenHopper available from: https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/GH/Viewing+the+Burndown+Chart and the configuration of estimates available here: https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/GH/Configuring+Estimation+and+Tracking. The chart itself can be configured from the 'Tools' gear icon in the top right. From here you would select the 'Estimation' tab and select the method of measurement form 'Estimation Statistic' and 'Time Tracking'.



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