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A Cumulative Flow Diagram (CFD) is an area chart that shows work-in-progress for a product, version or sprint. 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.

To view the cumulative flow chart:

  1. Access the Rapid Board using the top navigation bar, then select your Rapid View from the 'Rapid View dropdown' (see Using the Rapid Board).
  2. Click the Report tab, then select Cumulative Flow Diagram from the drop-down at left. The cumulative flow diagram for the version will be displayed (see screenshot below).
    • The cumulative flow diagram is based upon your Column Mapping.
    • 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.

Screenshot: Cumulative Flow Diagram



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