Definition of BurnDown

A BurnDown graph is any graph that shows the amount of remaining Backlog (Items or Tasks) as a function of Time. Many people and tools use BurnDowns, but they have been largely deprecated from Scrum as they are inherently predictive, and not agile.


The most common way Teams used to measure a Sprint’s progress was the TaskHour BurnDown chart.

It is called a BurnDown because the total estimated remaining TaskHours will ‘burn down’ to zero if all the Tasks get completed.

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