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Don’t Be Fooled

Check out the hypothetical agile burndown and EVM (Earned Value Management) charts below. Like in the “real” world, the example project (or sprint, if you prefer) ended up being underestimated. The shortfall is indicated by the dotted line on the right.

uninverted

When we literally flip the agile burndown chart in the vertical dimension, we get this:

inverted

The moral of the story is: “Don’t be fooled by the agilista herd; an agile burndown chart is nothing but an inverted version of the despised EVM chart.

  1. Fat Jacques
    April 11, 2014 at 4:49 am

    True, but the agile has the advantage of heading to zero, so when you reach that point, you know you have finished.

  2. April 11, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Reblogged this on Project Management Visions.

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