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Cumulative Flow & Goal Burndown Support | Workstreams

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Cumulative flow charts

Staying agile requires Agile Analytics and this is why we provide Cumulative Flow Charts for each project. Talk is cheap! Getting things done is what counts. So our Flow Charts provide a simple yet powerful visual overview of your planned, in progress and completed tasks so you can see at glance how you’re doing on each project. And you can compare Flow Charts for all your projects to assess how you’re doing as a whole.

Viewing a cumulative flow chart in the Workstreams Slack app

  1. Go to the channel where you want to see a flow chart.
  2. Type @workstreams report.
  3. Select the Flow chart button below Reporting for this channel:. A Chart image with the Cumulative Flow Chart for all tasks in the current channel displays.
  4. Click on the image to display an enlarged view of it.

Viewing a cumulative flow chart in the Workstreams Web app

  1. Select the channel for which you want to see a cumulative flow chart.
  2. Click the Show Flow Chart icon on the far-right side of the window. A cumulative flow chart with all tasks displays.

Printing a cumulative flow chart in the Workstreams web app

  1. Show a flow chart using the steps described above.
  2. Select the triple-dot menu in the upper-right corner of the chart.
  3. Select the first drop-down option in the menu: Print.
  4. Select your printer and then follow the usual steps for your printer.

Exporting a cumulative flow chart in the Workstreams web app

Four different file formats are available when you export a flow chart: png, jpeg, pdf and svg. To export in one of these formats:

  1. Show a flow chart using the steps described above.
  2. Select the triple-dot menu in the upper-right corner of the chart.
  3. Select one of the four options for your export, such as Export pdf.
  4. Check your browser’s Download window to find the file.

To narrow your focus even more to just tasks that have been completed, you can use labels and goals, which in turn give you the ability to see Goal Burndown Charts, as described in the next topic.

Goal burndown charts

Burning Down the House was a great song by The Talking Heads. Likewise, burning down all your goals feels great too. So the burndown chart tracks your success when it comes to getting shit done. It is a simple bar/line chart that tracks your completed tasks over time. The ideal is always to keep it at zero. That is, no open tasks. Of course, the reality is that you almost always have open tasks, but the Burndown Chart gives you an instant overview of how many open tasks you currently have, and how many open tasks you’ve cleared off recently.

Even more importantly, Goal burndown charts are used in conjunction with Goals and recall that goals are defined using a label. For example, if you want to see any tasks you’ve set up that help with your Goal of Reducing Expenses? Just set up a label named reduce, and assign it to all tasks that are helping you get to the goal, such as Purchase Office Supplies on Sale in the Purchasing project, and Cut Salary Offers by 25% in the Hiring project. By assigning the reduce label, you can then set up a Reduce Expenses goal, which in turn, instantly lets you see the burndown chart for all tasks labeled with reduce.

Viewing a goal burndown chart in the Workstreams Slack app

  1. Go to the channel where you want to see a flow chart.
  2. Type @workstreams report.
  3. Any goals you have set up for tasks in this channel display as buttons. Select the button for a goal. For example, Reduce Expenses.
  4. The Goal Burndown Chart for the goal you select displays.
  5. Click on the image to display an enlarged view of the chart.

Viewing a goal burndown chart in the Workstreams web app

  1. Click on Goals in the upper-right corner of the window.
  2. Click the Show Burndown Chart icon on the far-right side of the window for a specific goal that you want to look at, such as Reduce Expenses. The chart displays.

Printing a goal burndown chart in the Workstreams web app

  1. Show a goal burndown chart using the steps described above.
  2. Select the triple-dot menu in the upper-right corner of the chart.
  3. Select the first drop-down option in the menu: Print.
  4. Select your printer and then follow the usual steps for your printer.

Exporting a goal burndown chart in the Workstreams web app

Four different file formats are available when you export a goal burndown chart: png, jpeg, pdf and svg. To export in one of these formats:

  1. Show a burndown chart using the steps described above.
  2. Select the triple-dot menu in the upper-right corner of the chart.
  3. Select one of the four options for your export, such as Export pdf.
  4. Check your browser’s Download window to find the file.