monday.com - Burndown Chart App

This documentation will walk you through the functionalities, characteristics and the operation of the Burndown Chart App.

Visualization

It is possible to display your data in two different ways:  

  • Items per date (left)
  • Story Points per date (right)
burndown chart item per date
Burndown Chart

Requirements

If the burndown app is already set up, you can skip this part and directly go to the Configuration options section to learn how to use the burndown chart.

To make everything work as intended your monday.com account language should be set to English.

Once the setup is done, you can choose any language you want.

After installing the burndown app, it will appear in the board view area in the top left corner.

Burndown Chart

Board Setup

There are two kinds of boards required:

1. A Sprint Overview Board, where you manage all your sprints.

It is important that you will add your desired time span here.

2. A Board, where your targeted sprint will have all its items.

This is the board the Burndown Chart will display

Sprint Board with Burndown Chart

Important is that you give your Sprints names (e.g. Sprint 1)

Burndown Chart

The second important part is that you give your Sprint a time span property. Prospective columns should be called „Start Date“ and „End Date“. 

Note: „Start Date“ and „End Date“ are case-sensitive.

data range monday.com

Burndown Board

This is how a Separate Sprint Board with Burndown Chart could look like:

sprint board monday.com

There are three mandatory columns that need to be set up in order to make the Burndown Chart work:

  • Status Column
  • Storypoint Column
  • Sprint Column

Note: When you make a new Burndown Board, please delete the Item which has the status „Done“ by default.

Burndown Chart

The Status Column is a „status“ column type

Important: For now, once a status is changed to „Done“, it should not be changed back, otherwise the chart won’t work correctly.

Burndown Chart

The Story Points column is a „numbers“ column type, which you have to name „StoryPoints“ or „Story Points“

Burndown Chart

The Sprint Column is a „Link To Item“ column type. To add this to your board choose the option „more columns“ when adding a new column.

You have to link this column to the Sprint item, created in your Sprint Overview Board.

The Sprint column has to be called „Linked Sprint“, this is case-sensitiv.

Burndown Chart
Burndown Chart

Configuration Options

To decide what display options you want to see, select one of the two options:

  • „Items“ for items
  • „points“ for Story Points
Burndown Chart

Next, you choose your separate Sprint Board.

In our scenario it’s called „VH Sprints Board“, but you can call yours whatever you want.

You can also search for your Boards by typing their name.

Burndown Chart

For the third option you pick the Sprint, which you desire to display and voilà the burndown chart renders.

You can also Search for your Items/Sprints by typing their name.

Burndown Chart

Additionally you can add your own custom status, which indicates that a process is finished.

 

The important part is, that you separate your variables with a comma.

 

In the example to the right, an item is treated as completed when the status is either „Done“ or „Deployed to Production“

 

Important: For now, once a status is changed to „Done“, it should not be changed back, otherwise the chart won’t work correctly.

Burndown Chart

It’s possible to toggle days, which are no working days, on and off.

As soon as „Toggle Day-Off’s“ is toggled, there are currently three options that can be chosen.

The first option „No Holidays“ adds a visualization of weekends to the burndown chart.

The other two options consider official holidays in the given countries.

Currently, German and US holidays are supported.

Burndown Chart
Burndown Chart

Enjoy working with your newly set up Burndown Chart!