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Project/Release Burndown Report

This feature is available in all editions.



The Project/Release Burndown report shows the trend of remaining work in a project/release by Estimate or by count. Use this report to track a team's progress through a given set of functionality.


Agile Insight

The remaining work appears to "burn down" as the team completes (or closes backlog items and defects) work during the selected time period. The team's goal is to complete all planned work by the end of the period so that the final snapshot shows nothing left to do. To learn more about this key agile concept, explore some of these links:


  • All Agility trend reports require at least two data points. If not enough data is available, the report may be blank.  Depending on the duration you select in the filters, at least one complete period of data must be available to draw a trend line. When selecting days, this means that the minimum duration is actually 2 days, which will include 2 data points.

  • Your Show Weekend report settings may affect how much data is selected.  For example, if you choose two days as duration and one day is a Saturday or Sunday, and you have elected to not Show Weekends, then you may not have sufficient data to show a trend.

Generating the Project/Release Burndown Report

  1. Click the Reports icon reports_icon.png on the side bar and click All Reports

  2. Scroll to the Project/Release Reports section and click Project Burndown.

  3. Select any of the filters below, and then click Go.

    • To clear filters, click Reset.

Report Filters/Parameters

  • Sprint/Iteration: Shows data assigned to the sprint/iteration. The default value is "All".
  • Team: Shows Team-specific data for the project or program. The default value is "All" or "Blank".
  • Backlog Group: Shows work items in the selected backlog group. The default option is "All".
  • Workitem: Shows data for a specific work item type: All (all workitems), StoriesDefects, or Testsets. The default option is "All".
  • Strategic Theme: Allows you to narrow the report to focus on the items that support a given strategic theme.
  • Portfolio Item: Shows work items in the selected portfolio item and all of it's children. The default option is "Blank" and shows all work items.
  • Aggregation Type: Determines how the data is aggregated.  Valid values are:
    • Total Estimate - Sum the Estimate values. 

    • Workitem Count - Count of work items regardless of estimate value. 

  • Start Date: The first date the report begins calculating data.
    • For project-based reports, the default start date is the project start date.

    • For sprint/iteration-based reports, the default start date is the sprint/iteration start date.

    • For member-based reports, the default start date is 13 weeks prior to the current date.

    • If the start date is set to the current date or later, no data displays.

  • Duration: The number of days, weeks, or months to display.

    • For project-based reports, the default duration is the number of weeks from
      the project's start date to today.

    • For sprint/iteration-based reports, the default duration is the number of days in the

    • For member-based reports, the default duration is 13 weeks.

    • The report ends at the current date, so if the selected start date and duration
      extend past the current date, no data displays after the current date.

  • Show All Projects: Check this box to include all projects in the report.
  • By Count: The number of work items in a status.

Technical Details

  • Open Estimate (Blue line). Shows the total amount of remaining work during the selected time period. Each point on the line is the sum of the Open Estimate on that date.

  • Ideal Line (Grey line). Shows the amount of work that should be completed in an "ideal" scenario. The "burndown" slope shows the straight path (from the highest point on the first day of the period) and assumes equal progression every day thereafter. To learn more about how the Ideal line is calculated, see How is the Ideal Line on a Burndown report determined?