RE: [scrumdevelopment] Burn Up Charts
This is interesting.
I’ve never encountered a group before, though, that had a problem with burning down and thinking of that as a negative. I assume the y-axis below is really “time spent” rather than features. One concern I would have expected developers to have with this chart would be the boss looking at it and seeing a high value on the y-axis: “You mean we’ve spent 20,000 person-hours on that project!!!!” I think I’m going to experiment with “burn-up” charts for a couple of sprints and see how they go.
Thanks for sharing the idea with this group.
From: Mary Poppendieck [mailto:mary@...]
Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2003 11:56 AM
Subject: [scrumdevelopment] Burn Up Charts
Hello Scrum Users,
I was at the Silicone Valley User’s Group meeting last week and after the meeting a discussion occurred around burn-down charts. The group has a problem with the Scrum charts because they trend down rather than up (perceived by developers as negative), and more particularly, because they measure two things at once: both the team’s velocity and the change in the backlog. If the team has little control over the backlog, the thought is that they would prefer to see the two charted separately, and as a burn-UP chart. Below is one possible example (hopefully you can see this chart):
What do Scrum users think about this?
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> I think it is fine to assume that it is "independentAgreed!
> thinking". This is a good thing because it confirms
> that at least 2 people can reach the same conclusions
> and can validate their experiences and explain
> the world the same way.
> (You could alwaysI think we struggle with researching "previous art" because most of the
> ask the question the other way: Is the stuff
> from "Growing Software" coming from somewhere else
> since our stuff was published 5-7 years ago
> i.e. PLOP3 proceedings, PLOPD4 book, etc. I think
> it is safe to assume "independent thinking" because
> our industry is famous for not researching
> "previous art". In hard Science this would actually
> be an embarrassment.)
leading agile thinkers are in the trenches, not in academia. This is why I was
excited when I saw the overlap between the Scrum book and "Growing
Software". I figured that both the Scrum folks and Roy had probably not had
the opportunity to find each other.
I look forward to the outcome of future collaborations between agile thinkers
who find complexity science applicable to software development.