The analytics in Kanbanize work per board. Click the Analytics icon on the top of each board to access the Analytics page.
The Analytics screen presents 5 categories: Cycle Time, Throughput, WIP, Flow, Forecasting, each available as a tab item on the page. Click on a tab button to view the charts for each of the respective metrics. The Throughput Histogram belongs to the Throughput category.
Introduction to the Throughput Histogram:
By definition, the throughput metric counts the number of work items completed in a given period of time on the Kanban board.
The Throughput histogram aggregates the data and gives you the distribution of Throughput on the selected workflow. Simply put, it visualizes how productive was your team in the past.
This is measured by the number of tasks that were finished each day for the defined time frame.
- the horizontal "x" axis is a representation of the Throughput. It is for the number of work items that were completed on a particular day.
- the vertical "y" axis shows the frequency of this occurrence i.e. (# number of days)
- The bins in the throughput histogram should show how many days had a certain throughput
To learn more about the throughput metric, please check the dedicated article.
How to set up the Throughput Histogram?
(1) From the left side of the panel, you can control which workflow you will analyze using the histogram. You can add single or multiple workflows from the selected board.
In addition, you can apply more filters. For example, you may want to see only cards with high priority or cards that are of a certain type.
(2) Enable the percentiles in order to get the probabilistic view of the histogram.
What's that telling us?
When we look at the chart we can see how consistently this team is delivering results.
The probabilistic chart view (the vertical percentile lines) aims to show what is the probable future distribution of throughput. For example:
- there is a 50% chance that the team throughput will be 6 items per day or less.
- there is a 70% chance that the team throughput will be 10 items per day or less.
- there is an 85% chance that the team throughput will be 15 items per day or less.
- there is a 95 % chance that the team throughput will be 19 items per day or less.
The throughput histograms can prove to be very useful when:
- You need to show throughput data to stakeholders.
- You can use this metric to perform estimation and have an idea of how many items a team can deliver for a certain time period.
- The throughput is a key metric that measures performance and shows if your process is effective.
- Tracking throughput helps Project Managers to maintain stable workflow and to provide accurate delivery estimates.