Stories are the standard unit of work in Clubhouse. Epics are a collection of said stories. Epics are used to track larger initiative within an organization.
To gauge and track performance of you team's efforts as it relates to the to the completion of the Epic, Clubhouse provides you several charts. We'll go over these below.
The Epic Burndown Chart is a graphical representation of remaining unfinished work in that Epic. In an Epic, the Burndown Chart is located in the Reports tab.
The Burndown Chart is displayed in either Story Count or Points. Configure this setting in Settings > Estimate Scale.
The Burndown Chart displays the unfinished Story Count or Points in the Epic on a given day.
The start date of the Burndown Chart is the date on which you change the Epic state to a Started state.
If the Epic does not have a Due Date, the Burndown Chart displays an estimate of when all Stories or Points will be completed, based on the burn rate observed so far. In particular, consider the situation in the screenshot below.
- June 24 is the start date of the Burndown Chart.
- July 8 is the most recent date that some Stories/Points were completed.
- The date difference between June 24 and July 8 is 14 days.
- From June 24 to July 8, 2 Points were burned.
- So the burn rate is 2 / 14 = 0.14285714285 Points per day.
- Using this burn rate, apply it to the entire initial 4 Points.
- So we have 4 / 0.14285714285 = 28.0000000014 days, which rounded up is 29 days.
- June 24 + 29 days is July 23, which is the projected date when all Points will be burned (completed), as shown in the screenshot.
If the Epic has a Due Date, the Burndown Chart displays the ideal unfinished Story Count or Points on a given day.
The Velocity Bar Chart is a visual representation of Stories or Story Points completed across several iterations and also surfaces trends in how your team has performed over the last 12 weeks and highlights the average amount of Stories or Story Points over that time period.
Using Velocity Charts can help agile teams understand patterns and set targets for future work.
The start date and length of your Organization's iterations can be defined in your Clubhouse Settings > Report Settings.
Each individual Epic Page has a Velocity Bar Chart that visualizes Stories or Story Points completed across iterations within that Epic. It also calculates the average number of Stories or Story Points completed across all iterations within the Epic over a 12 week period.
For data to appear in your Epic's Velocity Bar Chart, two requirements must be met:
1. The Epic must be in an "In Progress" state
2. The Epic must contain Stories that are in a "Started" workflow state
Using the Velocity Chart with Story Count
For organizations using Story Count for their reporting, each bar of the Velocity Chart is color coded to represent the number of Feature Stories (green), Bug Stories (red), and Chore Stories (blue) completed within a given iteration. Hovering your mouse over a single bar will produce a pop up with a quantitative breakdown of the Story types, as well as the total number of Stories completed within the iteration.
A horizontal bar will cut across the chart and highlight your current average velocity in Story count.
Using the Velocity Chart with Story Points
For organizations using Story Points for their reporting, each bar of the Velocity Chart is color coded to represent the types of Stories completed and the height represents the amount of completed points associated with them. completed within a given iteration. Hovering your mouse over a single bar will produce a pop up with a quantitative breakdown of the Story types, as well as the total number of Story Points completed within the iteration.
A horizontal bar will cut across the chart and highlight your current average velocity in Story Points.
Related: Editing the Estimate Scale
Cycle and Lead Time Reports provide your team with the data you need to plan and allocate resources more effectively.
The Cycle Time Chart can be accessed on the via upper right-hand corner the drop-down. This chart represents how long it takes a Story to be completed after it is Started. This can provide insights such as: "On average it takes us a X amount of days to complete certain types of Stories" or surface outlier Stories.
The Lead Time Chart can be accessed on the via upper right-hand corner the drop-down. This chart represents the amount of time that has passed between when a Story is created and when it is completed. This can provide insights such as, "We have a really long timespan before we pick up created Stories."
The Y-axis of the chart represents the number of days.
The X-axis represents the completion dates of the Stories in the selected date range, Epic, Milestone, Iteration or Project in which you are viewing Cycle Time or Lead Time reports.
The chart provides an average Cycle Time and Lead Time as well as Minimum time. The average is also represented in the chart as the dashed line across the chart:
Trailing Average and Story Type Filter
A 7-day trailing average is also included in the chart. The trailing average does not calculate the average over the last 7 consecutive days, rather the last 7 days of available data.
Stories within the chart are represented by colored dots. Clicking on a dot will open the selected Story. Each Cycle Time and Lead Time chart can also be filtered by Story Type (Bug, Feature & Chore) as well as a 7 day trailing average.
The Cumulative Flow Diagram (also known as a "burn-up chart" or the "cumulative input-output diagram) is a graphical representation of an Epic's number of Stories over time, grouped by Workflow State. When used correctly, your Cumulative Flow Diagram can help you track changes as well as identify (and unblock!) bottlenecks.
The Cumulative Flow Diagram in Clubhouse is located in the "Reports" tab that can be accessed by clicking into the Epic.
Note that your Cumulative Flow Diagram will only be available if Stories have been added to the Epic you are viewing and your Epic has been moved to In Progress.
Reading the Cumulative Flow Diagram
A Cumulative Flow Diagram after several months of activity
The x-axis of the Cumulative Flow Diagram represents time from Epic start date to today's date, while the y-axis measures the number of Stories in the Epic and how the number of Stories in each Workflow State has grown/shrunk. The x-axis will start at the date when the Epic was moved into the 'In Progress' state.
Note that the Cumulative Flow Diagram will always display in number of Stories, even if your Organization has its Estimate Scale set to "Show Progress and Metrics Using Estimate Points" in Settings > Estimate Scale.