An Introduction to Burndown Charts

Engineering Visibility: Burndown Charts

Course Overview

Burndown Charts (in Tunley Engineering’s opinion) are the most powerful tool in a modern NPI Engineer’s toolbox, they are the weapon for accelerating NPI.

This course will provide an overview of Burndown charts and enable the attendee to be able to construct, build and use Burndown charts for Project Management.

What are Burndown Charts?

Representation of remaining work and required time

A burn down chart is a graphical representation of work left to do versus time. The outstanding work (or backlog) is often on the vertical axis, with time along the horizontal. Burn down charts are a run chart of outstanding work. It is useful for predicting when all of the work will be completed. Burn down charts can be applied to any project containing measurable progress over time.

Course Structure

The course is broken down into three 1-hour Webinar sessions, an overview follows:

Session 1

Introduction to the course

Introduction to burndown charts and their applications

Interpretation of a Burndown Chart

Backlog or NPI Register
Task Descriptions
Definition of done
Task owner

Estimating lead times
Fibonacci sequence
Team based estimation
Engineer based estimation

Lead time confidence-based buffers

Lead time size-based buffers

Engineering utilisation in Burndown Charts

Summary and Q&A

Session 2

Tunley Engineering case study of using a Burndown Chart to recover a failing / struggling NPI

Summary and Q&A

Session 3

Worked example, a Burndown Chart will be built and demonstrated live

Review of successful Burndown Chart Management methods
What must be done everyday
Ensuring your team are invested in the process
Daily stand-up meeting

Summary and Q&A

Tailored programs to your Company’s needs, with company specific examples, are available upon request.

NB: Tunley Engineering will issue course notes to all Attendees prior to the training, questions during the Webinar training can be submitted through the live chat and or via email.

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