Mingle Charts to Answer Your Project Management Questions

Posted by Huimin Li

1 August 2016

One of Mingle’s biggest strengths is its powerful reporting functionality. While team members use Mingle to track and manage their day-to-day work, Mingle’s various charts can keep everyone on the team (and/or stakeholders) informed about the project’s health status.

Mingle has eight different types of charts, but in this blog I will focus on the four most frequently used for project tracking.

I will also list the main question that these charts can answer. Hope you will find this useful.

How close are we to completing the project?

Data series chart

Mingle’s data series chart automatically retrieves the CURRENT data values of your cards, and plots them on the series. In Mingle’s data series chart, you can define axes using card properties and choose different ways to render the data.

The most common usage of a data series chart is to create a burn-up chart. A burn-up chart tracks progress toward a project’s completion. In the simplest form of a burn-up chart there are two lines on the chart:

data series chart

This is a typical burn-up chart rendered by Mingle. The x-axis of this chart is “date” while y-axis is “accumulated story points”. The black line represents work that got added to the project’s scope, while the green line shows the progress toward completion.

We have this video to show you step-by-step how to use the data series chart.

There’s also a help document, here.

Daily history chart

Mingle’s daily history chart shows the data AS IT WAS on the date that’s plotted. It takes snapshots of history and shows real historical data for the project. The daily history chart is also best used for burn-up charts.

daily history chart

The differences between the daily history chart and the data series chart is mainly around whether you need more flexibility to track your completion against different data, or you just want to have a straightforward view of historical data. For example, using a data series chart you can set up a card property called “iteration” and use it as an x-axis. Or, another example, if you have cards marked as “completed” by mistake, you can correct the data by updating the corresponding card property value. You don’t get the same flexibility using daily history chart, on the other hand, but it does automatically record date information and plot it on the x-axis for you. In general, we recommend the daily history chart unless there are special needs that require you to use the data series chart.

We have this video to show you step-by-step how to use the daily history chart.

There’s also a help document, here.

You can read more about the technical differences. or details about the parameters used in daily history charts.

When will we be done? What can we get done by date x?

Forecasting chart and Fixed-date chart

The Mingle forecasting chart and fixed-date charts are extensions of the daily history chart. Forecasting charts show when your team may deliver in relation to increase ( 0%, 50% or 150%) in remaining scope. Fixed-date charts show how much work may be incomplete by a given date.

The forecasting chart works best for teams/projects that are more likely to have scope changes. It provides a good visual clue to promote conversations about scheduling risk.

forecasting chart

The fixed-date chart helps teams with fixed delivery schedules. It provides a source-of-truth for the team, prompting them to figure out (for instance) what features they need to remove from the project scope in order to meet their delivery deadline.

fixed date chart

We have this video to show you step-by-step how to use forecasting chart and fixed-date chart.

There’s also a help document, here.

In this blog post, we’ve covered four different Mingle charts. Each of them answers slightly different angles on questions about project completion status. The data series chart and daily history chart use different data sources to provide data-based visibility into “How close are we to completing the project”; the forecasting chart answers “When will we be done” by forecasting dates; the fixed date chart answers “What can we get done by date x” by calculating the how many points you need to take off your scope.

If you need any help on selecting the right chart or setting it up for you team, please let us know. We are here to help. If you want to explore more about Mingle’s reporting functions, check out our help document.

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