Creating Agile Project Reports with TFS and Crystal Reports - Part 3
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by Eric Landes
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The Burndown Chart explained

Before we create the burndown, let us give a quick explanation of what a burndown chart is for.  An XP or Scrum project uses some type of report like this updated frequently (in our case 2 - 3 times a week).  Use the burndown chart to show how many points remain in your project.  The chart also shows the (hopefully) downward trend of the points completed for each iteration. 

As we work through each iteration, our team finishes a certain amount of points.  This series of articles assumes that we capture those points for the team in a scenario work item in TFS.  With TFS as the backend for your reporting, keep in mind that you have version information there that can be added to the data shown in this report.

For the data to create the burndown chart, I assume that TFS fields are used in the same manner elaborated on in Parts 1 and 2.  We use the MSF Agile templates and Rank is used to capture iteration information.  The Rough Order of Magnitude field captures the number of points for the story. 

Some of the other fields can be used when you need to do more analysis.  For instance, the date fields are helpful when looking at when more points are added to the total.  Using that data for a report is beyond the scope of this article, but we may explore that later.


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