The 6 Best New Aha! Features
June 17, 2020

The 6 Best New Aha! Features

by Ron Yang

Together apart. With so many teams working from home, laying out exactly what you want to accomplish and why has never been more important. A strong plan keeps everyone moving in the same direction. Over the past few months, many of you have told us how Aha! keeps your team focused and connected.

We find joy in delivering new functionality that helps you do meaningful work.

We started 2020 with a significant launch that made roadmapping available for all teams. You can now choose from six prebuilt workspaces for product, IT, services, project, business operations, and marketing teams. Now cross-functional teams can set strategy, capture ideas, and prioritize work in a unified way.

We have been busy — delivering new functionality and important enhancements, including advanced capabilities for larger teams.

If you would like to learn more about some of the most-loved new features — including proxy voting, strategic roadmap improvements, and presentation themes — watch a recording of our recent tutorial. Erik Johnson, senior writer and Aha! expert, demonstrates how you can use these features to improve your own strategic plans.

Let's look back at what we delivered over the past few months:

Enhanced strategic roadmap

Show how your plans will become a reality. Now you can visualize the work that supports your initiatives directly on the strategy roadmap. A timeline at the top shows release dates. Unfurl an initiative to see all of the epics and features you have planned.

Visualize dependencies between initiatives, epics, and features.

Proxy voting

Give sales and support teams a better way to advocate for customers. You can now enable proxy voting in private ideas portals. This makes it easy for internal teams to capture feedback and add votes on behalf of customers directly in Aha!

Portal users can view and edit their proxy votes.

Portal users can view and edit their proxy votes.

Beautiful presentations

Share your brilliant plans in a beautiful presentation. You can now create themes with consistent slide layouts that include your logo, brand colors, and font styles. We also made it possible to crop images and add tables in presentations so you can build even more compelling roadmap presentations.

Share your theme internally so other users can build presentations using the same style.

Share your theme internally so other users can build presentations using the same style.

Personal notes

Many teams love using notes to document important information. Note templates are ideal for capturing meeting agendas, customer interviews, sprint retrospectives, and more. But sometimes you need to jot down ideas for yourself. So we added personal notes to give everyone their own place in Aha!

Convert a personal note into a workspace note if you want to share it with the team.

Convert a personal note into a workspace note if you want to share it with the team.

We also added some important new functionality to our Enterprise+ plan — automation and capacity planning for teams. These advanced capabilities are especially beneficial for large organizations. The Enterprise+ plan also includes a hands-on level of support from our concierge team, advanced security and backup features, as well as ongoing training services. Please contact us if you would like to learn more.

Flexible automation rules

Earlier in the year, we introduced automation. This makes it possible to automatically update fields, assign work, send notifications, and more. We recently enhanced this functionality so you can dynamically assign work to a teammate listed in a standard or custom user field.

Create rules for goals, initiatives, releases, epics, features, requirements, and ideas.

Create rules for goals, initiatives, releases, epics, features, requirements, and ideas.

Capacity planning for teams

We tackled one of the biggest areas where you told us you needed help — capacity planning for teams. Now you can set plans based on each team’s availability. You can also estimate work in different ways (people, hours, or cost) and create alternate scenarios to select the optimal path.

Visualize team workloads on the capacity report and compare scenarios.

Visualize team workloads on the capacity report and compare scenarios.

We hope these features bring you joy while making you more efficient and productive — wherever or however you are working right now.

Of course, we ship many improvements and updates every day. And we love hearing what you want to see in Aha! next. Keep the ideas and feedback coming so we know how we can best help you build lovable products.

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Ron Yang

About Ron Yang

Ron builds lovable products. He is the VP of Product Management at Aha! — Ron has more than 15 years of experience in entrepreneurship and leading product teams. Previously, Ron founded and sold his own company and has been on the founding team of multiple venture-backed companies.

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