Just Launched! — New Gantt Chart to Visualize Cross-Functional Work

Gantt Chart in Aha!

What do dates, dependencies, and blockers have in common? Big projects. I am talking about product releases, software rollouts, and marketing launches — major cross-functional efforts. Many of you rely on the Gantt chart in Aha! to coordinate all the details. And over the last few months, we have been working on our own big project. 

We are introducing a new Gantt chart. It provides a smoother experience, inline editing, a new master features view, and much more.

The first thing you will notice is a fresh new look. Yes, we updated the style and colors, but the improvements are more than aesthetic. From setting dependencies to moving and resizing bars, we optimized every interaction to make the entire experience faster and smoother.

We also developed some new functionality. You now have a master features view to visualize work by theme. And you have better control over the way you add, edit, and arrange data. All features will now be visible on the Gantt chart by default — even if they do not have a start and end date. This way, you can be confident that all activities are scheduled for delivery.

If you are already an Aha! customer, any saved Gantt charts will automatically update to the new look as soon as you open them. We hope you find the new experience more lovable than ever. 

Here is a deeper look at the new Gantt chart capabilities:

Build beautiful plans — uninterrupted 
You can now create and edit features, phases, and milestones in place. And you can drag and drop features in order within each phase. Or maybe you prefer to sort by rank, start date, end date, or alphabetically — the choice is yours.

Move and resize feature bars with precision.

Enjoy more control over start and end dates 
We changed the way dates are set on parent records. Previously, the duration of releases, release phases, and master features was automatically determined by the start date of the first feature and the end date of the last feature within each group. Now, you can set dates for each record type independently. This helps you quickly align your schedule and identify any timing issues.

Align the start and end date of a release phase with the duration of all child features.

View a timeline for master features 
Teams often need to visualize work grouped by theme. Toggle to the new master features view to see all the master features you have planned. You can expand each master feature to see when features will be completed across multiple releases. (Depending on the type of workspace you use, you might see master features and features labeled as master activities and activities.)

If you are not currently using master features, workspace owners in Aha! can enable the functionality.

Cross-functional efforts are complex enough — you need a tool that makes it easy to manage all the details.

We spent a lot of time thinking about every aspect of the new Gantt chart and making the transition to the new experience as seamless as possible. We look forward to hearing what you think.

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About Claire and Aha!

Claire is passionate about helping product and marketing managers set brilliant strategy and deliver results. She is the Group Manager, Product Marketing at Aha! — the world’s #1 roadmap software. Claire has more than 15 years of marketing and software experience. Previously, she led product marketing at an agile-based work management platform.

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Comments

  1. Dirk Kelly

    Unfortunately product names have been removed from the release row on this this otherwise beautiful upgrade of the Gantt Charts.

    This has a significant impact on the usability of releases that have been created from a master release.

    Thanks for continuing to upgrade this amazing product!

    Reply
    1. Claire George Post author

      Thank you so much for sharing your feedback, Dirk. Please add your thoughts to this idea https://big.aha.io/ideas/ideas/A-I-8656 so we can reference your use case as we design a solution. We will update this idea to let you know when an improvement is available. We really appreciate you letting us know how we can make Aha! even better.

  2. Zach Novak

    This release seems to have broken functionality around initiatives. I used to be able to set my dates on initiatives to start and end automatically based on the releases and features within it. Previously, if a feature moved in or out, the initiative was also automatically updated.

    Reply
    1. Claire George Post author

      Thanks for your comment, Zach. We did make a change to the way start and end dates are set as part of this update. Previously the duration of initiatives, releases, release phases, and master features was automatically determined by the start date of the first feature and the end date of the last feature within each group. Now, you set dates for each record type independently. This helps surface scheduling issues — if someone changes the date of a feature, for example, you will now be aware of the impact on the parent record and can adjust your plans accordingly. Please feel free to contact us at support@aha.io if you want to discuss this in more detail.

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