Burndown chart

The releases progress chart provides the perfect release burndown view for agile teams to easily visualize what has been accomplished and what work is left in a release.

From a single view, you can confidently forecast release dates and understand whether you need to change scope or add more resources to deliver key functionality on time. Ultimately, it gives you a real-time view of where your release progress currently stands.

How it works

The Progress chart is located under the Releases > Details section by clicking the Progress tab towards the bottom of the page. This menu is disabled by default, so if you do not see a Releases > Detail menu, refer to this article to customize your menu navigation

The horizontal axis on the Progress chart represents the release timeline. The vertical axis is the numeric representation of progress but can be customized to track that progress from three different sources.

  1. Show by features count: This option will chart based on the number of features at the start of the release and track as features are completed (or added) throughout the release.
  2. Show by features and requirement count: This option tracks both the number of features and the number of requirements being worked on in the release. It is especially useful for teams that use requirements to track user stories.
  3. Show by effort (points/time): This option visualizes story point or time-based capacity throughout the release. You need capacity planning enabled to utilize this option. It allows you to get a more accurate burndown over time if your features greatly vary in effort because its visual representation of a feature is relative to its capacity estimate.


The gray slope line illustrates the recommended burndown velocity over time based on the Development started on date and the Release date (internal). It represents the recommendation only and does not reflect actual progress tracked in Aha! or your development system.

The colored vertical bars are visual representations of data updates that are happening in Aha! and from your integrated development system. They make it easy to understand the progress of work completed and scope changed in the release.

  • Green: Work marked complete within the release
  • Purple: Work moved out of this release to reduce scope
  • Red: Work added to the release to increase scope 

The trending blue line represents the current amount of outstanding work across your release. Your goal should be for the blue line to track with the gray line. If your blue line is tracking above the gray line, you have an early indicator that you may need to reduce scope. Similarly, if the blue line is tracking below the gray line, you may be ahead of schedule.

By hovering over each colored bar, you will see the list of features included in that change.


Share with others

As with almost every page in Aha!, you can use the Export dropdown to the top right of the Progress tab to share the chart with others through a PDF, image or Aha! presentation. This is particularly useful if you are looking to share the progress of a release and its expected timelines to internal teams or stakeholders.

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