Velocity Chart

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Screenshot: Velocity Chart

The Velocity Chart shows the amount of value delivered in each sprint, enabling you to predict the amount of work the team can get done in future sprints. It is useful during your sprint planning meetings, to help you decide how much work you can feasibly commit to.

You can estimate your team's velocity based on the total Estimate (for all completed stories) for each recent sprint. This isn't an exact science — looking at several sprints will help you get a feel for the trend. For each sprint, the Velocity Chart shows the sum of the Estimates for complete and incomplete stories. Estimates can be based on story points, business value, hours, issue count, or any numeric field of your choice (see Configuring estimation and tracking). 

The velocity can be estimated as the average, over several recent sprints, of the sum of the estimates for the amount of work completed by a team per sprint — so in the chart above, the velocity = (13 + 10 + 17 + 26 + 23) / 5 = 17.8. A team's recent velocity can be useful in helping to predict how much work can be completed by the team in a future sprint.

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Viewing the Velocity Chart

  1. Navigate to your desired board.
  2. Click Reports, then select Velocity Chart.
  3. The Velocity Chart will be displayed, showing your last seven completed sprints.

Tip: Click How to read this chart at the top of the report to view a short description of the report.  

Understanding the Velocity Chart

Before you start using the Velocity Chart, you should get to know how it works. The following information will help you understand the key functionalities of the Velocity Chart:

  • The Velocity Chart is board-specific – that is, it will only include issues that match your board's saved filter.
  • The Velocity Chart is based on your board's column mapping. An issue is considered to be 'To Do' when it is in a status that has been mapped to the left-most column of your board. Similarly, an issue is considered to be 'Done' when it is in a status that has been mapped to the right-most column of your board. See Configuring columns for more information.

Next steps

(info) Need help? If you can't find the answer you need in our documentation, we have other resources available to help you. See Getting help.

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Last modified on Jan 21, 2019

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