Milestone Burnup Screen

The Milestone Burnup chart allows you to track progress towards a milestone such as completion of a customer project or a new product release. You'll see how much work is done vs left, and you'll also get forecasts based on your team's past velocity.  


The milestone burnup chart consists of two lines, a yellow line representing the project scope, and a white line representing the work done. As time progresses the white line approaches yellow line helping you to see how much work is still to be done. The numbers can represent estimations, if available, or simply task counts. 


The yellow line shows the total amount of work allocated for the project and the changes made to the scope along the way. 

The difference between the yellow and the white line is the remaining work at any given time.


This chart looks at the weekly history of the team’s throughput and creates three scenarios based on the distribution of the work completed per week:

  • Optimistic: 80th percentile

  • Most likely: 50th percentile

  • Pessimistic: 20th percentile

The percentiles are configurable in the chart settings.


You can get forecasts based on your team's historical velocity. The optimistic scenario expects that your team completes more work than in 80% of the past weeks. In the most likely scenario, your team completes the equal amount as what is the median week. In the pessimistic scenario, the team completes only as much as 20% of the past weeks.

Common questions

What do the numbers on this chart mean?
The milestone burnup chart is based on monitoring the completed tasks and non-completed tasks. The white line represents the number of tasks that are completed. The yellow line represents the scope of the project, it is the number of the completed and non-completed tasks. The difference between those is the amount of work that remains to be done. 

How is the most likely completion date estimated?
In the most likely scenario, your team completes the equal amount as what is the median week. So the 50th percentile is used by default but you can adjust that in the chart settings.  

How is the team velocity calculated?
The velocity trend on the bottom right of the chart shows the number of completed tasks, or the sum of their estimates, per calendar week for the past 10 weeks.

If you have a filter set, you can select in the chart settings whether to use the filtered velocity or full velocity.  

What changes when I select Scope specific vs Full velocity in the chart settings?
The full velocity is the total amount of work completed. The scope-specific velocity shows how much work was completed for that specific work scope, specified by the filter settings.

For example, if you filter the Milestone chart with a certain label, the scope-specific velocity is the velocity of the tasks associated with that specific label.

How is your calendar week defined in the velocity calculation?
Calendar week is from Monday to Friday according to the set time zone. 

How long will it take before you start to see data?
This depends on how quickly you start completing tasks. The chart is shown after there is at least one whole calendar week where at least one task has been completed.

How often do these data points update?
The scope, done, and the forecasts are updated once per hour. A new data point is added to the velocity chart (on the bottom right) once per calendar week.

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