A simplified Product-Burndown-Chart is shown in Figure 1. Here the team had a constant velocity of 50 story points per sprint. In the second sprint some user stories (with 100 story points) had been added and in the fifth sprint some user stories (100 story points) have been removed. The sprint with the number zero is just used to show the initial backlog value before the first sprint (Table 1 contains the raw data of the graph).
Table 1: Data of Product Burndown-Chart-Sample
The purpose of the Product-Burndown-Chart is to show the team and stakeholders how many sprints will be needed to implement all remaining user stories or how many user stories can be completed in the remaining time.
Implementing soft skills into your projects will become increasingly important over the next years; opening your mind to these trends will open your door to new opportunities.
Project managers are increasingly asked to lead the organization in transformative ways. Since they often interact across the entire spectrum of departments within corporations, they are often exposed to emerging trends that other or departmental managers are not. Among the trends are an increased emphasis on project management soft skills, the Project Management Office (PMO) being viewed as a potential profit center (vs. a cost center), sustainability aggressively planned into projects, and an increased emphasis on corporate social responsibility.