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How to Create a Burn-up Chart in Excel (With Easy Steps)

Burn-up charts are an effective tool for tracking the progress of a project. These charts provide visual representations of the progress made on a project over time and can be used to spot any potential problems that may arise. A burn-up chart is a type of chart created in Microsoft Excel, which is used to monitor the progress of a project. In this article, I am going to explain the whole procedure on the topic of how to create a Burn up chart in Excel. I hope it will be helpful for you if you are looking for a similar sort of thing.


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Step-by-Step Procedures to Create a Burn-up Chart in Excel

To create a burn-up chart in Excel, I am going to explain the whole procedure in detail in the following section. I have divided the whole procedure into 4 different parts to make it more simple to understand. Let’s march forward.


Step 1: Create Dataset with Proper Parameters

  • It is a must to have a proper dataset to create a burn-up chart. So, we will be discussing the dataset of an ongoing project. I have arranged the data of that project in the Dates, Estimated Project, Estimated Progress, and Actual Progress columns.

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Step 2: Calculate Estimated and Actual Progress

  • In order to find the estimated progress of the project, input the following formula in cell F5.
=D5

This will define the value at the beginning of the project.

Calculate Estimated and Actual Progress

  • Now, apply the following formula in cell F6 to have the total progress till day 2.
=F5+D6

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  • In a similar fashion, calculate the total progress on the ongoing project in the Cumulative Actual Progress column.


Step 3: Create a Burn-up Chart

  • In order to have a Burn-up chart, create a normal chart first. For this, select the column Dates and Estimated Project.
  • Then, go to Insert.
  • Next, click on Recommended Charts from the ribbon.

Create a Burn-up Chart

  • A wizard named Insert Chart will appear.
  • Select the Line pattern for the chart and click on OK.

  • Now, right-click on the mouse keeping the cursor on the chart.
  • From the available options, click on Select Data…

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  • Now, click on Add to add new series.

  • Put a suitable name and define the range from the Edit Series wizard.
  • Followingly, press OK.

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  • Use a similar pattern to further the series.

  • Following these steps, I have generated the Estimated Progress and Actual Progress series.

  • In order to modify the previously set series, select that series and click on the Edit option.

  • Do the necessary modification and press OK to finish it.

  • We can have our defined series in the Select Data Source Press OK to finish the modification.

  • Now, we can see a Burn-up Chart generated from our data.

Burn up Chart Excel

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Step 4: Modify Burn-up Chart

  • To do further modification, select the chart first.
  • Then, click on the Addition (+) sign.
  • Now, select the necessary elements from the Chart Elements group to add them to the chart.

  • You can edit furthermore according to your choice.

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Conclusion

At the end of this article, I like to add that I have tried to explain the whole procedure on the topic of how to create a Bur up chart in Excel. It will be a matter of great pleasure for me if this article could help any Excel user even a little. For any further queries, comment below. You can visit our site for more articles about using Excel.


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Naimul Hasan Arif

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