It is impossible to move fast when you are disorganized. Seasoned product managers know this well. As your team grows and your product matures, the number of features in your product backlog gets bigger too. (Maybe too big.) And it is never possible to build everything. As a product manager, your job is to make sure your team is focused on the features that deliver against your strategic vision and goals.
We want to help make backlog management easier so you can quickly organize the work for your team. That is where the features board comes in.
An agile features board is the perfect place to manage your backlog and organize upcoming releases. And our latest enhancement is a big “ease of use” upgrade, allowing you to save time as you set plans for your team.
As you decide what to prioritize, you can now instantly move any feature to the top or bottom of any release with our new drop zone shortcut.
Here is how you can use this update to manage your product backlog:
Plan and prioritize
Product managers need to communicate which features will be implemented in upcoming releases. You can do this by easily dragging and dropping features within a release to prioritize their rank order. You can also move features from the backlog on the right (we call it the “parking lot”) into a planned release on the left.
Use the features board to centralize and detail your user stories.
Organize your backlog
Parking lot releases allow you to organize your backlog by category or workflow. You can also prioritize your features by moving them to the top or bottom of the list to help the product team understand where to focus. Or, you can simply move features that are not ready to be prioritized into your backlog to be worked at a later date.
The new “Move to top/bottom” shortcuts make organizing your backlog quick and efficient.
Focus on high priority features
One way to you can organize your backlog is to objectively score features using the Aha! Scorecard. You can create a custom Aha! Scorecard, which aligns back to your overall strategy and goals. This will help you identify the most important features and quickly drop them at the top of an upcoming release.
Use the Aha! Scorecard to identify which features should be prioritized in a release next.
View status of work
The color of each feature card will change to reflect the status as it is updated. This makes it easy to quickly view the status of every feature on your board and understand at a glance how your team is progressing in real-time.
Capture feature details, attachments, comments, and related records in the feature drawer.
Every product manager I know wishes they had just a bit more time. Unfortunately, it is something that you cannot easily acquire more of.
We hope that this update will help save you just a bit of it though as you prioritize your features — so you and your team can focus on building what matters most.
Sign up for a free Aha! trial — be happy
The features board is available to all Aha! customers. If you are not already an Aha! customer, sign up for a free 30-day trial of Aha! now to see why over 100,000 users trust Aha! to set product strategy, create visual roadmaps, and prioritize releases and features.