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Another quite interesting session that I attended in the LAST conference was about AGILE Charting. Being a visual person, I love charts, pictures and visual medium to present and demonstrate any kind of information.

Session started with details about origin & birth of the charts. It’s astonishing to know that charts were recognised as medium of conveying information long ago in 18th century by William Playfair. Gantt Chart were first used by Henry Gantt and it’s interesting enough that he used them to visualize what he was doing rather than for what he planned to do!

Why Charts??

65% of people fall into category of ‘visual’ as opposed to the other two types ‘auditory’ or “Kinesthetic”.  It’s very rightly said that “”A picture is worth a thousand words.”  Charts provide an easy way to assimilate information. At the same time, it’s very convenient to read and understand and analyse.

There are different kind of AGILE Metrics which can be very well represented in form of charts. Statistics should be used as a drunken man uses lampposts: for support rather than for illumination.

Presenter showed different types of AGILE charts within categories like:

1. Sprint and Team Charts : Story Point  Burn Down, Story Point Burn Up, Spectral Analysis Chart, Cycle Time Chart, Estimation Accuracy Chart etc.

2. Project Charts : Forecast Lighthouse Chart, Time and Budget Chart etc.

All the above charts can be found on the presenter’s website here.

Undoubtedly these pretty charts hold huge amount of information and can prove to be very useful if used properly.