Velocity (Scrum)

If your team has completed multiple sprints, you can forecast release and product completion dates and plan future projects more accurately by reviewing the velocity report. Based on the velocity of previous sprints that the report illustrates, you can accomplish the following goals:

  • Track how much effort your team has reported as complete for each sprint.

  • Estimate how much backlog effort your team can handle in future sprints if your team composition and sprint duration stay constant.

You can access similar information from the velocity chart provided in Team Web Access.

Note Note

This report requires that the team project collection that contains your team project was provisioned with SQL Server Reporting Services. This report is not available if Report Reports does not appear when you open Team Explorer and expand your team project node. 

Required permissions

To view the report, you must be assigned or belong to a group that has been assigned the Browser role in SQL Server Reporting Services. For more information, see Grant permissions to view or create reports in TFS.

As the following illustration shows, a velocity graph shows the amount of effort that your team has reported as complete for each sprint. The source of the raw data is your product backlog. Each sprint that has been assigned to the team project or to the team appears along the horizontal axis. The vertical axis indicates the sum of all effort for all backlog items assigned to the indicated sprint that have been closed (State=Done). The vertical axis shows effort in whatever unit your team uses (for example, story points, size, or hours).

The graph also displays a horizontal line that represents the average velocity across all the sprints.

Screenshot showing a velocity chart

You can filter the report by selecting the Iteration or Area.

For the velocity graph to be useful and accurate, your team must perform the following activities for tracking work items:

  • Schedule sprints for your team.

  • Define product backlog items and bugs, and assign them to an Iteration and to your team’s Area path.

  • Specify and update the Effort for each product backlog item and each bug that is active.

  • Update the State of each product backlog item and each bug as it progresses from New to Done.

You can review the report to determine how much progress your team has made and to answer the following questions:

  • How much effort has your team completed in each sprint?

  • What is the maximum velocity of your team?

  • What is the minimum velocity of your team?

  • What is the average velocity of your team?

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