Just Launched! — See Epics and Features on Your Gantt Chart Timelines

Gantt chart showing epics and related features

Many teams rely on the Gantt chart in Aha! to coordinate product releases and marketing launches. We also know that many of you use master features to group work that is spread across multiple teams and products. With today’s enhancement, you can view both record types on one chart — so you can see all the work that you have planned.

You can now see how features relate to master features on the Gantt chart.

Before diving into the details, it is important to understand master features. Master features are a way to organize work that is bigger than an individual feature but not as sweeping as a strategic initiative. Product teams often refer to these as epics or themes.

And if you add a marketing workspace to your account, you will see these records labeled as master activities. (You can also customize the terminology in Aha! to match the way your team works).

No matter which label you prefer, you can start bringing master features into your Gantt charts. If you already have master features enabled, you are a step ahead. Just choose the new options from the customize view button on the Gantt chart view.

If you are not currently using master features, product and marketing owners in Aha! can enable or disable the functionality under product or workspace settings. All Aha! users can view and update the configuration of saved Gantt chart views — such as applying a customization or adding a filter. Aha! users with owner or contributor permissions can edit records on Gantt charts as well.

Here is a closer look at the two ways you can add master features to your Gantt charts:

Highlight master features
Do you want to see how features relate to master features in chronological order? You can now choose to highlight master features — you will see the name of the master feature listed above each feature. This is helpful for showing how individual features contribute to the larger effort. With this option, features will be shown in chronological order so the master feature name will be repeated across multiple rows.

Gantt chart showing master features highlighted

Click on the name of the master feature to see its details without leaving this view.

Group features by master feature
You also have the option of grouping features by master feature. When you choose this option, features will be grouped together under one master feature heading. The order of the master features is driven by the start date of the first feature within each group. This makes it easy to show the plan for how the team will deliver work against each master feature.

Gantt chart showing features grouped by master feature

Master features do not have a colored bar because they span multiple releases.

Teams need to visualize both larger work themes and the specific planned work items — the Gantt chart in Aha! does just that.

Go get started today. Create a new Gantt chart in Aha! and take advantage of the new views. We know that this was a popular feature request and we look forward to hearing what you think.

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About Bryan and Aha!

Bryan loves helping product and marketing managers successfully build and launch products that they are proud of. He is a Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Aha! — the world’s #1 roadmap software. Previously, he established the product management discipline at Banno (a fintech startup acquired by Jack Henry & Associates) before moving over to lead the company's product marketing.

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Comments

  1. CJ Nicholas

    Hi Bryan! This is an exciting release, I am curious how you would respond to the following use case. To date, the release phases have been able to be visualized across feature releases in a Gantt Chart format. For example, for a release, you can see the anticipated length of discovery, design, engineering and so forth. The issue I have run into is that for a given release, there are likely multiple features lined up with their own release phases. but these phases can only be attributed to the release, not the feature. For example, 3 months from now I want to release version 2.0 of our product and it consists of two major features. Feature 1 may have a design phase of only 1 week while feature 2 may have a design phase of 3 weeks. How can I create a Gantt chart that shows the phases of development, for one release, across the features?

    Reply
    1. Bryan McCarty Post author

      Hello CJ! Phases represent the plan across all features in the release. In most cases, we see customers represent the phase as the total of both features. If you need to track start and end dates for each phase per feature, you could use custom fields or a custom table. You would then be able to report on the phases in a custom roadmap. See these support articles for further reading:

      Custom fields: https://support.aha.io/hc/en-us/articles/202000937
      Custom roadmaps: https://support.aha.io/hc/en-us/articles/205072099

      Another option (if you want to stick with the gantt chart) is to add phases for each feature. You can have as many phases as you need in a release, so you could add “Design (feature A)” and also “Design (feature B)”.

      I hope this helps! If you need more guidance, feel free to shoot a note to support@aha.io and our Customer Success team will respond quickly — usually within two hours or less.

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