The Most Useful Release Burn-up I’ve Seen Yet

I often advise teams against using a release burn-up (or burn-down) chart because I’ve seen too many managers try to use them as a stick to beat the team with their original pre-project release estimate. Since velocity changes from iteration to iteration, the size of the release needs to change, as well. Jim Shore has a great post describing how to do a release burn-up that takes into account changing velocity and the cone of uncertainty, giving a more and more specific estimated release size to burn up to after each iteration. Check it out.


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Richard Lawrence

Is co-owner of Agile For All. He trains and coaches people to collaborate more effectively with other people to solve complex, meaningful problems. He draws on a diverse background in software development, engineering, anthropology, and political science. Richard is a Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer, as well as a certified trainer of the accelerated learning method, Training from the Back of the Room. His book, Behavior-Driven Development with Cucumber, was published by Addison-Wesley in 2019 (for more information, visit

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