In our previous article on how to track your progress with Kanban we examined the Cumulative Flow Diagram and the Cycle Time Chart. Now we’ll go on by guiding you through the rest of Kanbanize Analytics arsenal starting with the Distribution Pie Chart.
The distribution chart is fairly easy to understand. It is a pie chart which visualizes tasks per unit of measure of your choice like size, count, etc. The chart could be additionally configured by including and/or excluding columns, showing data only for specific swimlane, selecting dimension like assignee, tags, etc. Task distribution chart is really good for getting an overall look on how many tasks are present in each part of the board. It is an easy way to find out where most of the tasks are accumulated and where to turn your eyes to. A more comprehensive article about this chart can be found in our blog.
Block Resolution Chart
The block resolution chart is exactly what its name implies: a chart that shows how much time it takes for a blocked task to be resolved. The data represented by each column is time against task. The information about why the task has been blocked can be found when hovering over the column. Like the rest, this chart is absolutely customizable and could be configured by swimlanes, columns and units of measure like minutes, hours and days. To find more about this chart you can read the following article.
Created vs. Finished
This is one of my favorite charts! Is it simple, even minimalistic and tells you almost everything that needs to be told – whether you are able to meet the demand or not. The chart compares the created tasks for a given period against the finished ones. You can define a custom time range and visualize it by days, weeks, months and even years. It could also be additionally configured by filtering your data by assignee, priority and other attributes. In its core, the chart compares the throughput you and your team are receiving compared to the output that you are able to provide. This allows you to understand in a glance whether you need additional power for your engine or it is working on a lower capacity than it could. Again there is an article which goes into the details of this chart and explains its concept by examples. In order to learn more click on the link.
Average Cycle Time per Column
The average cycle time per column or also called “process control” is THE chart you need for spotting bottlenecks in your workflow and finding places where the system can be improved. As its name states this graph shows you how much time a task speds in a given column on average. The data is presented in easy to visualize line charts. Again like the rest, it is fully customizable as well. To find more about the process control chart please click on the following link.
Stay tuned for more of the Kanban 101 blog series and happy kanbanizing! 🙂