* Download the sample CFD excel here: sample-cfd.


Cumulative Flow Diagram (CFD) is a valuable management tool for (1) tracking and forecasting the completion of work items, and (2) indicating the need to act upon flow and process improvement.

The CFD provides a graphical representation of how the work is moving through the system, helping stabilize the system, act upon bottlenecks and control the scope of work. It is a simple, yet very informative tool that depicts the work in progress (WIP), entry rate, exit rate, lead time, throughput, elapsed time, completed, remaining, and total scope of work.


Below is a CFD with many of its parameters. Each of these will be explained in detail on this article.

CFD and flow parameters

CFD and flow parameters


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