Viewing the Cumulative Flow Diagram


A Cumulative Flow Diagram (CFD) is an area chart that shows the various statuses of work items for a particular time interval. The horizontal x-axis in a CFD indicates time, and the vertical y-axis indicates cards (issues). Each coloured area of the chart equates to a workflow status (i.e. a column on your board).

A CFD can be useful for identifying bottlenecks. If your chart contains an area that is widening vertically over time, the column that equates to the widening area will generally be a bottleneck.

Viewing the CFD

To view the cumulative flow chart:

  1. Navigate to the desired board.
  2. Click Reports
  3. Select Cumulative Flow Diagram from the Reports dropdown at the top of the page.
    The CFD for the version will be displayed (see screenshot below).

Tip:

  • If you want to restrict the data to a particular project, version or sprint, create a quick filter and apply it via Refine report > Quick Filters on this report.

On this page:


Screenshot: Cumulative Flow Diagram

Refining the CFD

  • The CFD is based upon your column mapping. For example, an issue is considered complete, when it is in a status that is mapped to the rightmost ('successful') column on the column configuration for your board.
  • To re-draw the chart excluding a column(s) or swimlane(s), or to apply a quick filter, click Refine.
  • To select a different timeframe (past week/past month/past 3 months/past 6 months/all time/custom), click the date range at the top of the chart.
  • To select a different date range, drag your cursor across the 'Overview' at the bottom of the chart.

Note that the CFD is board-specific, that is, it will only include issues which match your board's Saved Filter.


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