Features are the fundamental building blocks driving the growth of your products. They represent the incremental units of technical and non-technical work that carry out your strategic goals and initiatives.
Features are defined with descriptions, requirements, attachments, and mockups that articulate the exact challenge that you are trying to solve. Add focus and intention to each of your features by linking them to the strategy of your product and/or product line, or by linking them to other Aha! records. Once defined, features are assigned to a release and shared with your teams.
Create new features
There are many ways to create feature cards in Aha!, including directly in releases and roadmaps, and by importing them from a project management platform.
To start, we will focus on some of the most common ways to create features.
- The first (and simplest) way is to click the + icon in the top-right corner of any page. From there, click Feature and complete the Create feature modal with all necessary information.
- The second way is to navigate to the Features tab and click the Add feature button, either at the top of the page or at the bottom of each release column. The same Create feature modal will appear — add all the details you need.
- The third way to create a feature is to promote it from an idea in your ideas portal. Sometimes stakeholder ideas are important enough to promote straight to a feature, and Aha! allows you to do that at the click of a button.
Once you have created a feature, you will see a green box containing a hyperlink to your new feature inside. Click it to see the detail drawer for your feature and adjust or add any details. Click the X button to close the detail drawer or the Details button to see full-page feature details.
Use and manage features
The Features > Board page shows features and their associated releases. Features can be rearranged into a priority order within a release by dragging them to their desired position. To find specific features, use the search bar at the top right, or just use the search keyboard shortcut (CTRL+F or CMD+F) to automatically search for and highlight relevant results without leaving the features board.
The Features > Details page displays one feature at a time, allowing you to see every detail at a glance, and other features in the same release to the left.
Note: The Features > Details view is hidden by default for new Aha! accounts. If you would like to enable it, you can do so by customizing your menu navigation.
You may find it useful to break down the work being done in a feature even further, using to-dos, comments, and requirements.
- To-dos are as simple as they sound. They allow you to assign a piece of a feature to one or several people. Click the + icon next to To-dos on a feature card to create one, describe it, and assign it to a member of your team.
- Comments allow you to collaborate on a single feature without losing track of the conversation. Anyone on your team can comment on a feature by clicking the + icon next to Comments on a feature card to create one. Use the @ symbol to tag members of your team and a # symbol to link in another Aha! record.
- Requirements are a versatile Aha! record type. They can represent a subset of the work to be done, such as research, design, or peer review. They can also be promoted to features themselves. Requirements can be assigned to members of your team, and you can comment on them as well — keeping the conversation on your feature much more organized.
Features can be customized to ensure that you are only seeing information on your features that is relevant to your business. Here are a few customization options for features:
- Create custom fields that fit your product’s needs, like expected ROI.
- Customize the feature card field layout so that the most relevant fields show up where you need them to.
- Customize the feature card design for yourself or for your team.
- Customize the Aha! score so that you can more easily prioritize features in a release.
Report on features
Reporting on features allows you to collaborate with your team, inform internal stakeholders of your product’s progress, and visualize the work you are doing to reach your strategic goals.
- Use roadmaps like the features roadmap to visualize and present on your strategy.
- Use analytics to dig deeper into the data that your features provide.
- Use any page, roadmap, or analytical report you find in Aha! to create and share beautiful, insightful presentations.