View and understand the velocity chart

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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.

Viewing the Velocity Chart

  1. Click Projects in the navigation bar and select the relevant project.

  2. Click Reports then select Velocity Chart.

  3. The Velocity Chart will be displayed, showing your last seven completed sprints.

A velocity chart with a y-axis for story points, and x-axis for sprints. Progress is represented by green and grey bars.

Understanding the Velocity Chart

  1. Estimation statistic: The y-axis displays the statistic used for estimating stories. In the example above, the team is using story points. Estimates can also be based on business value, hours, issue count, or any numeric field of your choice. See Configuring estimation and tracking for more info. 

  2. Commitment: The gray bar for each sprint shows the total estimate of all issues in the sprint when it begins. After the sprint has started, any stories added to the sprint, or any changes made to estimates, will not be included in this total. 

  3. Completed: The green bar in each sprint shows the total completed estimates when the sprint ends. Any scope changes made after the sprint started are included in this total.

  4. Sprints: The x-axis displays the last 7 sprints completed by the team. This data is used to calculate velocity. 

Other things to note about the Velocity Chart:

  • It's board-specific, which means it'll only include issues that match your board's saved filter.

  • It's 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.

Calculating velocity

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. Velocity is calculated by taking the average of the total completed estimates over the last several sprints. So in the chart above, the team's velocity is (17.5 + 13.5 + 38.5 + 18 + 33 + 28) / 6 = 24.75 (we've ignored the zero story point sprint). This means that the team can be expected to complete around 24.75 story points worth of work in the next sprint.

This value should become more accurate and reliable over time, as more data becomes available and the team gets better at estimating issues.

Estimates from sub-tasks are not included in the Velocity Chart's calculation. (Only estimates from parent tasks are included.)

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