The dashboard uses charts and an activity feed to give you a quick overview of the status of your project. By default the dashboard will also show data for the current iterations. However, if you want to see the previous iteration, or any other iterations you can do so by selecting them from the drop down at the top of the screen.
Note: some sections of the board will aggregate data and others will show multiple charts when multiple iterations are selected.
The status history chart shows the trend of the number of stories in each status over time. The ideal trend is that at the start of an iteration many items will be have a status that means "not started" and by the end of the iteration, the stories will have a "done" status.
The iteration/sprint burndown chart shows the trend of the amount of work remaining over time. The ideal trend is that the work remaining will go from high at the start, to low or zero by the end, while roughly following the black ideal trend line plotted on the chart. The blue line and numbers on the chart represent the actual burndown. The green line is a trend line to help show if the work in this iteration will complete on time.
There are 4 different types of burndown charts you can choose from: Estimate (calculated based on stories, bugs, issues and risks estimates), Task Estimate, Task Count, and Task Work Remaining. Some types will work better for your team than others. For example, if your team does not track work remaining on tasks, this chart will not reflect your progress accurately.
The project summary shows the project's timeline and where you are today in that timeline. It also shows the current iteration capacity and how much of it is being used. Iteration start and end dates along with minimum and maximum capacity can all be set on the 'View Schedule' screen. Actual iteration capacity is calculated based on the capacity of the stories, bugs, issues and risks in the iteration.
Team Member Summary
The team members area shows all the team members in the project, the number of stories, bugs, issues and risks assigned to them, a sum of the estimates associated with those items, and how far along they are in completing the assigned work.
This what's new feed shows the real-time changes being made in the project including what changed, who made the change, and when the change was made. This can be useful for getting a quick glance at the recent activity in a project.
The status history chart, iteration/sprint burndown chart, and the what's new feed are all available in RSS format. To subscribe to a feed, click the RSS button in the top right corner of a widget to get the URL. Copy and paste this URL in any RSS reader. The chart feeds contain images of the graphs and are updated daily.