A Better Way To Visualize What Engineering Is Working On

The new epics, features, and requirements record type displays a mix of product and engineering work in one report.

January 7, 2022

A Better Way To Visualize What Engineering Is Working On

by Jeff Tucker

Consider a world where product managers have real-time visibility into engineering priorities and progress. Greater visibility leads to better alignment and happier, more productive teams — it is a world worth striving for. And it does not have to be imaginary. This is why we continue to integrate product development tools.

You can now build a single report in Aha! Roadmaps to view epics, features, and requirements from Aha! Develop — to better understand what engineering is working on and track their progress.

Aha! Roadmaps and Aha! Develop share a powerful reporting engine. You can already build reports in Aha! Roadmaps to visualize the status of work in Aha! Develop. But before today you could only include one record type in each report — choosing between epics, features, or requirements.

But sprints typically include a mix of work — so it makes sense that you would want to view multiple record types in a report. With today's update, you can now include mixed records from Aha! Roadmaps and Aha! Develop — then filter your data using any fields that are shared by the records. This functionality is an important step in creating a seamless product development environment and gaining the insights you need about engineering work that is happening now or coming soon.

Let's take a closer look at some of the ways you can include the new record type in your reports:

View sprint plans

Let's imagine you want to see what engineering is focusing on in the next sprint. In the example below, we created a list report using the "Epics, features, and requirements" record type and added the fields we want to see — team status, original estimate, and remaining effort. Then, we filtered by sprint name. This provides a complete view of all features and requirements assigned to the sprint. As work gets underway, we can use this same report to track progress.

Remember to save your report once you have configured it correctly — so it is easy to view or share.

Track work in progress by release

Stay on top of release progress. In the example below, we planned a major release in Aha! Roadmaps and assigned the work to multiple engineering teams in Aha! Develop. The pivot table makes it easy to see the development status of all epics, features, and requirements planned for this release in one view — so we can see if we are on track for launch.

If you use custom terminology in your Develop account — such as epics, user stories, and tasks — the new record type will reflect that.

Get a complete view of all your product development work — and celebrate what you have accomplished together.

We hope this update makes it easier to understand — and share — everything that is being worked on across your engineering teams. And if you would like to try using Aha! Roadmaps and Aha! Develop together, let us know. Email us at support@aha.io and we will get you started right away.

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Jeff Tucker

Jeff is passionate about promoting customer empathy throughout product and engineering teams. He is a product manager at Aha! — the world’s #1 roadmap software. Jeff has more than 10 years of experience across product, design, and engineering roles. Previously, he managed products at developer tool and cybersecurity startups.

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