Master features provide a level of data between your features and strategic initiatives. They help you to plan and manage work by containing multiple features that provide value as a group. With master features, you can prioritize and keep track of themes or groups of enhancements. While a Master Feature resides within the release it will be completed, the features that belong to the Master Feature can span multiple releases.
When to consider using master features
- Your team is agile and you are looking for epics to group your stories.
- Your team builds large features which can take several releases to complete, and you want a way to put them on a roadmap and track them.
- Your team currently uses strategic initiatives in Aha! to group features, but you would rather keep those for more strategic themes.
How it works
Master features are turned off by default, but can easily be enabled if you need the additional level of information in your product management process. To enable master features, navigate to Settings > Product > Configure, and scroll to Master features. From there you can select to enable, disable, or inherit from the product line. You can also update the terminology from Master features to something else, like epics, so it can fit into your team's nomenclature.
Once enabled, you can then add and manage master features through the Features section of Aha!. Master features are essentially parents to your features. They have many of the same capabilities as features for adding details and customizing how they are used and presented.
You can prioritize master features the same way you prioritize features: through the Features Board. The toggle in the upper left allows you to switch between master feature cards and feature cards on the board. From the Master features Board, you can create a new master feature by clicking the + icon next to a release. You can add many master features at a time and then you can create or link the related child features. Master features have their own customizable card and can be dragged and dropped into planned releases and prioritized order. They can be scored using the same custom scorecard that is used on features.
By clicking into the master feature, you can set and view the relationships between master features and other data in Aha!: goals, initiatives, releases, features, and ideas.
You can also manage master features through the Features Workflow. Master features can be assigned to specific users, and they follow the same custom status and workflow as features.
Report on Master features
Once you have your master features defined, you can create reports to share with your stakeholders.The toggle appears again on the Features Roadmap where you can visualize which master features will be shipping in upcoming releases. You can also build custom analytics reports and roadmaps with master features data.
Master features are not yet available in any integrations, but we are actively working on this additional support. If you have created your own custom integration, master features are available through the API.