Evaluate your cycle times. Predict task completion times. Observe your cycle time trends.
In the Cycle Time Scatterplot for Trello, each individual completed task on your Trello board is represented by a data point. The graph displays the date when a task has been finished, as well as how long it took to deliver this task. The higher the dot, the longer its cycle time.
By monitoring the cycle times of the tasks on your Trello board, you can evaluate how quickly you are delivering value to your customers. The goal is to reduce the delivery times to a level that is aligned with your team’s capacity.
By clicking on each dot, you can see more information on the task like the label of the task, a direct link to its Trello card as well as the amount of time that the task has spent in each process state.
Tasks with the same cycle time and delivery date will be positioned together on the chart. Click on each dot to analyze the tasks on a case-by-case basis.
The Cycle Time Scatterplot uses the cycle times of all tasks completed in the selected period to produce a probabilistic task completion forecast. The graph’s dotted horizontal lines are referred to as percentile lines. Percentiles can be used to establish dependable service level agreements and define the likelihood of your team meeting different commitment points. The higher the percentile, the greater the chance of your team completing an assignment on time.
You can filter your data by its task type or by class of service to provide different SLAs for the different types of tasks you’re committing to.
The “Process Metrics” data table on the Cycle Time Scatterplot for Trello enables you to assess your cycle times and the probabilities associated with each of them. Thi view gives a concise insight into your team’s performance.
You can evaluate the cycle times for each process state on an individual basis. That way, you can thoroughly evaluate which step in your workflow is most negatively impacting your performance.
The dotted green line extending across the graph is your cycle time trendline. It uses polynomial regression to plot how your cycle time trend has moved over a specific time period.
A rising trendline means that your team is struggling to deliver results. In order to prevent tasks from being forgotten or ignored, you can use explicit policies to swarm work items if they pass certain percentile lines.
By using the ‘Percentiles’ widget on the Cycle Time Scatterplot for Trello, you can observe how your cycle times and their probabilities fluctuate over time. Ideally, the percentile lines should stay close together and move downwards in unison. Such a trend would mean that your workflow is efficient and your team delivery speed is improving.
If the lines rise, the best way to address this pattern is by looking at your work in progress. Put WIP limits in place and make sure that your team adheres to them.
The Cycle Time Scatterplot for Trello enables you to quickly identify and analyze tasks with the longest cycle times. These are often forgotten or neglected tasks that remained stuck in the process for a long time. Pay close attention to these tasks to identify any process impediments.
If your data shows patterns such as gaps, high variability, clusters of dots or a progressively growing triangle shape, these are warnings that there are bottlenecks jamming up your workflow.