Assess your cycle time breakdown. Spot bottlenecks that hinder your performance. Emphasize the disruptive nature of your waiting times.
To optimize your delivery times, first you need to break them down and assess the opportunities for improvement. The Cycle Time Breakdown Chart for Jira displays the total time that you needed to finish your work, broken up into your process states. Each bar displays the delivery times of all your completed issues. The bars are split into colored sections representing your process states.
The most important part of analyzing your Cycle Time Breakdown Chart for Jira is observing the way your data changes over time. This is an indicator of continuous improvement. If the longest colored sections are steadily declining, this denotes that your improvement efforts are paying off.
Hover over each bar to see the sum of the delivery times of your completed work, as well as your total delivery times broken up into process states. You can also see the number of issues completed during the specific time period.
Evaluate your cycle time breakdown per process state - this is the best way to identify the impediments affecting your performance. By glancing over each bar, you can analyze how the time spent in each step in your workflow impacts the overall time needed to deliver your work.
The ‘Breakdown’ widget on the Cycle Time Breakdown Chart for Jira can be of great help when it comes to bottleneck analysis. It visualizes your process state cycle times vs the overall time it took to finish your work. Spotting the states with the longest sections on the diagram, assessing their cycle times and seeking out the root causes of delays is the first step towards improving flow efficiency and reducing delivery times.
Analyzing your data using the Cycle Time Breakdown for Jira is an extremely powerful approach if you have a Kanban pull system in place. Kanban pull systems enable you to evaluate how much time your work spends sitting idle in your process.