JIRA Agile 6.6.70 changes the terms "Plan mode", "Work mode", and "Report mode" to "Backlog", "Active sprints"/"Kanban board", "Reports" respectively. For more information, see the JIRA Agile 6.6.70 release notes.

Skip to end of metadata
Go to start of metadata

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).


  • 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.


  1. What if I just want to see the work that was 'DONE' in the past month? i.e. I don't really care about issues that were already marked 'DONE' leading into the time period I'm looking at?

  2. Andrew Lui [Atlassian Technical Writer] This page states "A Cumulative Flow Diagram (CFD) is an area chart that shows the various statuses of work items for a product, version, or sprint." but in fact the CFD can only be configured for a particular time interval, not for a sprint.

    1. ...and not for version.

      I have teams that are populating product backlog for more than just the version being currently worked on.  Sometimes we want to see the cumulative flow for everything in the backlog, but more often we are only interested in the version we are currently working on.   

      It sounds like Using the Agile Classic Cumulative Flow Chart Gadget is closer to what we want, but it seems to only work for Agile Classic boards.  

      Since the cumulative flow chart only works off of the board's saved filter, it would see they want you to have multiple boards.  That sounds like a messy idea.  Anybody think that multiple boards just to modify the predicate for a report is sane?  Anybody have any other work arounds?

      1. Hi Michiel and Robert,

        You are correct. I have revised the documentation. I've also added a note that you can use quick filters to refine the chart data based on project, version or sprint. Thanks for the feedback.

        Kind regards,