Aha! Tutorial Highlights: Keep Product Managers and Developers in Sync

Use Aha! Roadmaps and Aha! Develop together to stay aligned on plans, priorities, and progress.

June 22, 2022

Aha! Tutorial Highlights: Keep Product Managers and Developers in Sync

by Aha!

Successful product teams are powered by great strategy and plans. This is why we offer product management training through Aha! Academy and regularly host live tutorials — helping you use Aha! software to build better products. Of course we hope you can attend our tutorials live — it is the best way to learn from our product experts and ask questions in real time. You can also visit our Knowledge Base to brush up on recent tutorial topics.

Aha! experts Amy Ellis and Jeff Tucker recently covered how to create a unified product development environment that keeps product managers and engineers happy and productive.

Read on and watch the recording to learn how to unlock a new level of collaboration between product and engineering.

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We have long said that product managers and engineers should be the happiest people on earth. But plenty of companies miss out on their potential because they are worn down by poorly defined goals, inadequate communication, and weak tools.

Responses from this month's tutorial attendees mirror these difficulties. Today's product teams are specifically struggling with lack of transparency across functions and discrepancies in delivery timelines:

Transparency across teams and feature delivery timing were top areas where product teams struggle to find alignment.

Set the grievances aside for a second and imagine if you could get on the same page — banding together towards a shared vision and clear set of imperatives. It takes time, commitment, and the right tools. This is why we continue to invest in the integration between Aha! Roadmaps and Aha! Develop. Using the tools together, you can apply what Amy and Jeff call the "three Ps" of product alignment — plans, prioritization, and progress.

Plans: Increase transparency during planning

Great products start with the "why" before defining the "what" and "when." It is important for product managers to clearly articulate business strategy, product goals and initiatives, and the overall product roadmap. Once engineers have this context, it will be easier for them to understand priorities and give early estimates. Collaborative planning means product managers are able to set release capacity and launch dates more realistically.

See how to share your product plans with engineering

Prioritization: Align on a single backlog

Backlog management in Aha! Develop allows the team to organize work in one place. You can see roadmap-driven work alongside technical tasks and any issues imported from third-party tools. Product and engineering can then prioritize the work and add estimates, tags, and assignees. The final result is a unified queue that make it clear to everyone what is coming next.

Watch Jeff build a unified backlog that balances product and engineering priorities

Progress: Visualize momentum and stay up-to-date

Keep teammates informed of progress. Product and engineering can use Aha! Roadmaps and Aha! Develop respectively to work the way you want — with your own workflows, custom fields, automations, and more. As engineering updates the status of work in Develop, the status of corresponding records in Roadmaps updates automatically. Both statuses are visible on the Aha! record so it is possible to see what is happening at a glance.

Learn how to keep work status in sync

Help both teams get exactly what they need — so you can join together on building better products.

Have questions about what you see here? Let us know how we can help or schedule a demo. We would love to see you at the next live tutorial.

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Aha! helps companies build lovable software. We provide the world's #1 product development tools — Aha! Roadmaps, Aha! Ideas, Aha! Notebooks, and Aha! Develop — which are used by more than 700,000 builders. We are proud to be a very different type of high-growth SaaS company. The business is self-funded, profitable, and 100 percent remote. We are recognized as one of the best fully remote companies to work for, champion the Bootstrap Movement, and have given over $1M to people in need through Aha! Cares.

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