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55058Re: [scrumdevelopment] Burndown charts and late finishers

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  • George Dinwiddie
    May 8, 2012
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      Simon

      On 4/27/12 12:43 PM, simonmorris7809 wrote:
      > Hello all,
      >
      > I mainly wanted to introduce myself to the group as a newbie but also
      > ask a quick question.
      >
      > I've been following the group for a while and I find the insights
      > really valuable. Thanks for the time you spend on this community.
      >
      > So - in our sprints we consistently start slow and have a big finish.
      > You can see our latest burndown chart here.
      >
      > https://plus.google.com/105300838558555602864/posts/LMfs4LmkEzJ
      >
      > This isn't necessarily a problem as we ship features on time and with
      > the correct quality, but it is always a slight feeling of panic as we
      > drift away from the "Ideal" line.
      >
      > I don't really want to push the group to start stronger as we
      > consistently deliver successfully and putting more effort into the
      > first couple of days would just serve to make the chart prettier.
      >
      > Does anyone else see this as a warning sign - maybe I should just
      > stop checking the burndown chart in the first half of the sprint :-)

      Could it be a sign of too much Work In Progress? I discuss shapes of
      burndown charts in my Better Software article,
      http://idiacomputing.com/pub/BetterSoftware-BurnCharts.pdf

      - George

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