Cumulative effort


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About this report

The cumulative effort report captures the count of cards by user in each column on the Kanban board. The report provides this information in the form of a line graph with color coding. The cumulative effort report allows you to track how your team performs against the work on the Kanban board. The cumulative effort report helps to gain insight into issues, cycle time, and likely completion dates. It is also useful for identifying bottlenecks.

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If you’re using the new navigation:

  1. Select Strategy, Portfolios, Solutions, Programs, or Teams in the top navigation bar.
  2. If you've selected Portfolios, Solutions, Programs, or Teams in the top navigation bar, select the entity you want to view information about.
  3. On the sidebar, select Reports in the list of options.
  4. Select Cumulative effort; the report displays.
    Note: This report does not filter by the scope or time selected on the sidebar.

If you’re using the old navigation:

  1. Select the Reports icon from the left Nav menu.
  2. Start typing the report's name in the Search box.
  3. Once found, select the report.
    Note: You can also use the categories on the left to search for the needed reports.


  1. PI must exist in the system and be tied to a program.
  2. Features must be created and tied to the PI. 
  3. Work items must be created.
  4. Work items must be assigned to selected kanban board. 

How are report values calculated? 

  • The count of cards is pulled from each column of the selected Kanban board.


How to interpret this report

The goal of a Kanban system is to limit the amount of work in process so the work flowing through the system matches its capacity. The report provides a holistic view of the number of cards in each workflow status by state providing a quick snapshot of the scope of work of the entire Kanban board. The graph shows the number of cards in each stage of the process that grows over time. Thus, the time period is shown on the x-axis of the report, and the overall card count is shown on the y-axis. Every line on the graph reflects the column on the Kanban board. This report can be used to show trends in how the work flows into and through the Kanban system.

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