Aha! Updates

Discover the newest Aha! product enhancements, features, and behind-the-scenes company stories.

Just Launched! — Reorder Cards by Priority on the Kanban Board

Workflow Board

Visibility and clarity. These are two key characteristics of high-performing teams. When everyone understands exactly what needs to get done and in what order, they can work together to make it happen. This is why many of you love using kanban principles and the workflow board in Aha! to visualize who is working on what and the status. 

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Just Launched! — Add Approval Gates to Workflows in Aha!

How much time does your team spend each week tracking down the approvals needed to move certain work forward? I bet the answer is “too much.” Many teams struggle with the chaotic review cycles needed for work to proceed. It would be so much easier if you could standardize your workflow with specific approval gates. 

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Aha! Donates $127,093 to Support Those Most In Need

Aha! Cares 2020

A world of caring communities. This is what we envisioned when we announced our philanthropic initiative which is appropriately named Aha! Cares last year. Our first year was an incredible success. We gave more than $100,000 in 2019 to community-based nonprofits. And collectively, Aha! teammates clocked 794 hours of service — everything from packing meals for at-risk kids to improving housing for victims of domestic violence.

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My Name Is Angelo Spenillo — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Angelo Spenillo

Not many lawyers headbang. For me, music came first. I learned to play guitar in my early teens and honed my performance skills as a member of several heavy metal bands. As I evolved and grew as a person, I came to enjoy an eclectic mix of genres — everything from Killswitch Engage to Bon Jovi. My later journey through the legal profession was similarly diverse.

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My Name Is Maeve Revels — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Maeve Revels

Did you ever read the children’s magazine 3-2-1 Contact? It was an extension of the educational science television show of the same name. As a 6-year-old subscriber, I spent hours poring over the BASIC problems in the back of the magazine trying to solve each one. Eventually, I hooked up a used Tandy Color Computer to my parents’ television. I enjoyed revising the initial program as I gained knowledge and insight into what the best solution might look like.

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Just Launched! — New Workspaces for IT, Project Management, Services, and Business Teams

We started Aha! in 2013 because we wanted to help companies build what customers love and be happy doing it. Product teams were the beginning, but we quickly discovered that many other groups were struggling to capture strategy, create visual plans, and report on the impact of their work. So last year we introduced a workspace for marketing teams. And now to kick off 2020, we are expanding to serve even more groups.

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The Top 8 Aha! Roadmapping Software Updates of 2019

2019 Aha! updates

Have you paused to reflect on what you achieved this year? Or are you already living in the future? We are the same at Aha! — always focusing on our next big plan. But before you can dive into the new, it is important to pause and celebrate the gains you have made so far. 

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Just Launched! — Sync Feature Dependencies Between Aha! and Jira

There are two kinds of surprises at work. There are the welcome ones, such as when you learn that your teammate completed a critical work item ahead of schedule. But there are also not-so-delightful surprises, like when your engineering team discovers a technical blocker during development. Unknown dependencies like that can put your big plans at risk. 

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My Name Is Percy Hanna — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Percy Hanna

I mostly thought computers were for playing games. That is, until I realized I could use DOS’s batch programming language to automate tasks. For example, I wrote a program to make my modem dial my friends’ phone numbers for me. The code itself was simple, but the solution had a real impact. I no longer had to memorize or keep a phone directory around. I loved that I could use a computer to solve problems and make life easier. 

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Just Launched! — 6 Note Templates for Better Team Collaboration

notes-templates-in-aha-software

Standing meetings. Sprint retrospectives. Customer interviews. If you already use Aha! to capture wiki-like notes, then you know how powerful it can be to collaborate with your colleagues in real time. But free-form notes have a downside too — such as when everyone takes notes in a different way. It would be nice if the team captured the right details in a logical way, every time.

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My Name Is Mark Eaves — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Mark Eaves

I like to think that I have been a product manager my whole life. My dad brought home my first computer, a Macintosh SE, when I was 6 years old. I taught myself how to type really fast, then play games, and eventually code. By high school, I was creating simple online games. I wanted to apply my knowledge to make the experience more fulfilling for the players — my friends.

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Just Launched! — Brand All Emails Sent to Ideas Portal Users

Ideas portal invite email powered by Aha!

People generally want to be helpful. So when you ask folks to share their ideas, they often do. The challenge has always been figuring out how to collect and curate those ideas. That is why so many of you love using Aha! ideas portals. You are able to capture feedback and ideas from your customers and colleagues. You can review, comment, and promote the best ones directly to your roadmap. 

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Just Launched! — Enhanced Aha! + Azure DevOps Integration Supports Agile Sprints

Custom sprint field in Aha! features

Many of you rely on the Aha! integration with Azure DevOps to coordinate plans with your engineering teammates. Today’s enhancement improves release syncing between both systems. The integration now keeps features in their planned Aha! release, even as engineering moves them into sprints in Azure DevOps. This will help both teams work together closely as you go from planning to building. 

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My Name Is Matt Bilan — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Matt Bilan

Was your calendar full of activities as a kid? Mine certainly was. Basketball, soccer, and hockey at the local YMCA — I found myself gravitating towards team sports. I also played trombone in my school’s ensemble and joined a garage band as a drummer, spending countless hours jamming with my friends. Whatever the activity was, I knew that I liked the dynamic of working with others.

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