Fortune 500 US Government Integrator Aha! Moment
I’ve looked at a lot of Product Management tools and Aha! is the only one that works for true and effective product management roadmap planning.Heather S, Director, Technical Product Management
This Fortune 500 Government Integrator, with 2013 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 92 years, this company provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cyber security and a broad range of mission support services.
We had a problem
We were starting product roadmapping from scratch in our organization. Being the first commercial product division in a large government integrator, we were a completely new venture. In the past, we never needed nor had true product management before our division was created. This meant that we had no best practices in place. To add to that, our entire product management team was new to the company and the existing development teams were resistant to change. Another very real challenge was pulling together a team from five different acquisitions who worked on four different networks in more than five different locations around the globe. We desperately needed a product strategy and roadmap framework and tool that would help get everyone on the team in sync and make us more productive.
Aha! as a solution
We found Aha! and were blown away. Aha! is an amazing solution for us. It is great at facilitating a good product management process, especially for an inexperienced team. Aha! has the perfect set of features that are intuitive and make sense. We find that it has everything we need, but is still easy to use. It has streamlined our work and the feature request process is simple. Anyone inside or outside the company can enter a request via an idea portal and be informed of its progress as it moves through the roadmap. And when the product management team is ready for engineering to start working on the features for a release, we use the built in Atlassian Jira connector. Using the Aha! to Jira integration keeps all of our planning information in one place and allows us to work with multiple, distributed engineering teams. Aha! has brought much needed cohesion and organization to a very disparate team and has helped us do our product development work -- simply and beautifully.
Life is good
Aha! spoke to all our needs. Aha! fills a gap in the product development lifecycle where few solutions exist and no other solution does it well. Other tools we’ve tried are way too complex and hard to use. Aha! is comprehensive, yet easy to get started with and put into use. The integration with tools like Jira and Slack create seamless, end-to-end workflow and communication. Aha! gave us a product management process and helped us define and put best practices in place. And it was a snap to implement. It pulled together the whole team and we are now in sync and using the same processes and tool. All of our info is in one place. That’s pretty good for one of the world’s largest systems integrators.