View the Burndown visualization in Enhanced analytics

Last update: 2024-01-25
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The Burndown visualization shows a specific project’s burndown over time and helps you understand the relationship between project condition, velocity, and remaining hours—or days.

Enhanced analytics burndown example

Access requirements

You must have the following access to perform the steps in this article:

Adobe Workfront plan

New: Any

or

Current: Business or higher

Adobe Workfront license

New: Light or higher

or

Current: Review or higher

Access level configurations

View access to Projects

Object permissions

View

For more detail about the information in this table, see Access requirements in Workfront documentation.

Prerequisites

For prerequisites to using Enhanced Analytics, see the “Prerequisites” section in Enhanced analytics overview.

Understand the Burndown visualization

The solid blue line shows the planned velocity from the start date to the planned completion date. This line adjusts as work is added, removed, or updated, and it changes to a dashed vertical line when the project reaches the planned completion date.

Planned velocity

The actual line shows the number of hours—or days—spent on the project over time. The color of this line indicates the condition of the project each day:

  • Green: The project is on target.

    On target

  • Orange: The project is at risk.

    At risk

  • Red: The project is in trouble.

    In trouble

For more information on these project conditions, see Overview of Project Condition and Condition Type.

When the actual line moves upward vertically, work has been added to the project. When the line moves downward vertically, work has been removed or completed for the project.

Below the x axis of the visualization, you can see more information about how tasks and hours—or days—changed on a given day (the amount added, the amount completed, and the difference between the two).

Seeing all of this information in the Burndown visualization helps you determine:

  • The health of the individual project over time
  • How problems coming in (or unplanned work) impacted the planned work
  • Which events extended your project past the original completion date

To learn how to get the best data for this visualization, see Enhanced analytics overview.

View the Burndown visualization

  1. Click the Main Menu icon Main Menu in the upper-right corner of Adobe Workfront, or (if available), click the Main Menu icon Main Menu in the upper-left corner, then click Analytics.

  2. (Optional) To use a different date range, select new start and end dates from the date range filter.

    Select dates

    For information on using the date range filter, see Apply filters in Enhanced analytics.

  3. (Conditional) If you need to limit the project data set, select and apply the filters that you want to use.

    For more information on adding filters in Enhanced analytics, see Apply filters in Enhanced analytics.

    After you add filters, data for up to 50 projects displays and the filters remain active even after you leave the page or log out of Workfront.

  4. (Optional) To zoom in on a date range, select a point on the visualization for the start of your date range, and drag it to the end of your date range.

    All other visualizations update to the same date range, and a timeframe filter is automatically created.

    Timeframe filter

  5. On the Flight plan or Project treemap visualization, click a project to view more information.

    The Burndown and Tasks in flight visualizations display.

  6. (Optional) Change the view from planned hours to duration.

    Planned hours is selected by default.

    NOTE

    Selecting duration changes all hours information to days.
    Duration burndown
    For more information on duration in the Enhanced analytics area, see the “Duration view” section in Enhanced analytics overview.

  7. Click any point on the line graph.

    The exact date displays and further information about tasks and hours—or days—for the selected day displays below the graph.

    Burndown details

    NOTE

    If the actual velocity is a flat line that runs along the x axis (inline with 0 hours or 0 days) of the visualization, this means that no planned hours—or days—were added to the project.
    If the actual velocity is a flat line above the x axis (inline with a number of hours or number of days) that never goes down, this means that no tasks were completed within the filtered time period.

  8. (Optional) To export the visualization data, click the Export icon Export icon in the top-right corner of the visualization, and select the export format:

    • Chart (PNG)
    • Data Table (XSLX)
  9. (Optional) To see details about the progress of tasks in the selected project, look at the Tasks in flight visualization that appears below the Burndown visualization. For more information, see View the Tasks in flight visualization in Enhanced analytics.

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