Manage non-development project tasks with features and to-dos

Depending on the complexity of a non-development project, you can use Aha! to-dos or features to manage tasks within your project. This article explains both and highlights what works best for the types of tasks you are managing.

When to use to-dos

To-dos are nice, light-weight task management tools. You can enter basic information about the work to be done and assign it to a team member for completion. They are perfect for work that does not require a sophisticated workflow, staging, or layers of data. For examples of common ways to use to-dos and some best practices, see "Use to-dos to manage work across the team."

Due to their simplicity, they don't work quite as well for more complex tasks. And depending on your requirements, features may be a better option. Read more about features below.

When to use features

Features can represent any work required to deliver a complete product experience, such as user stories, marketing tasks, or design work. Features should be used when your project needs:

  • more sophisticated workflow for managing the different stages of work. 
  • Additional project attributes that are handled through custom fields for reporting and filtering purposes, such as team, customer, priority, and more. 
  • Time estimates for work to be done. 
  • Time tracking for actual time spent on the task — common for expense reporting for certain projects, such as consulting.

Note: If you do use features to manage your project tasks, you can customize the terminology to refer to features as tasks, work items, or whatever is relevant for your usage.

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