After you have defined your product, we recommend going over to the starter roadmap to begin adding content and creating your first Aha! roadmap.
The starter roadmap is not just another simple roadmap drawing tool. It is backed up by the powerful Aha! data model. As you add, drag, and drop, you are creating and linking real product data in your account. This data can then be used on the other screens in Aha! and used to unlock even more visualizations and roadmaps.
Set your strategy
Great products start with a clear strategy that is customer and market driven. So, the first step in building a great roadmap is to add goals and initiatives. This allows you to communicate the strategic vision to the executive team. First, you will drag a goal from the Create new menu on the right. Then you can add it as a swimlane to the far left and give it a name. Next, drag an initiative and drop it onto your roadmap. Dates can be adjusted by selecting and dragging either end of the bar.
Create a release
After you set your strategy, it is time to add a release. Include the details needed to manage and track progress over time. Drag a bar from the Create new menu and drop it onto your roadmap. When you make your selection — for example, a goal or initiative — the starter roadmap highlights the areas where that item can be dropped. Add records on new or existing rows to customize the look and feel of your roadmap.
Finally, you can easily add features that the team will be working on and share plans with your teams and customers. Keep in mind that you can demonstrate how that work rolls up to releases and link it all back to goals and initiatives in Aha! — this makes it easy to tie your strategy to the execution.
View and edit details
With the data added to your roadmap, you can click on each item and open up the detail drawer. This will allow you to fill in descriptions, add attachments, and more. We try to keep the default fields limited to what is important to every customer. If there is additional information your team would like to capture, you can also add custom fields.