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120 VOTE
Status Future consideration
Categories Roadmaps
Created by Guest
Created on Mar 13, 2019

Support for Now/Next/Later Roadmaps

I'd like to be able to produce a Now/Next/Later Agile Roadmap from Aha. I can kind of do this by adding a custom "timeframe" field to the releases and creating a custom pivot report. Unfortunately, the pivot report creates a vertical list of things to do which will create a prioritization in the eyes of anyone who looks at the next and later backlog. What I want to represent is that next and later are up for grabs in terms of prioritization.

It would be great if I could produce something like this instead.

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  • Michelle Harris
    Dec 28, 2022

    This is functionality that is becoming more essential for product teams that should be out of the box. As has already been mentioned - your competitors already have this and I see this as a big weakness to Aha. I am currently struggling to set up my Aha instance to achieve the roadmaps that I need because it needs dates to make it make sense - we do not work in that way. Please do something about this.

  • Guest
    Nov 18, 2022

    I wholeheartedly subscribe to what's being commented below. I find this a major gap in what is overall a very good product. A now/next/later roadmap is considered table-stakes today for any PM tool out there (everyone has it). We desperately need one OOTB, not wasting time with pivots and custom fields (notwithstanding that even if you a pivot it looks bad from a visual POV, we are getting this feedback over and over again from everyone in the business). Please solve this!

  • Kris L
    Oct 13, 2022

    This not being offered out of the box might become a show stopper for us (current customer). Aha's adoption by Product managers, being actually viewed by the rest of the organization, is severely limited by insisting on dates. Sure, you can create custom roadmaps, pivot tables and what not that hide dates, but the dates actually drive the graphics on the more useful roadmaps models (strategic, feature etc). Your roadmaps seem to be more release plans than roadmaps in modern PM terms, actually. Again, the problem with release plans is that they're tactical. You offer dates to the org, they will start to ask for dates. And yes, the PMs hate having to pull dates out of thin air (even a "Q3 next year" type of date estimate), so the Aha Roadmaps update is always a drag, causes the roadmaps to be outdated, which causes for the rest of the organization to ask for powerpoints again anyway. Not having a true Now, Later, Next Roadmap defeats the purpose of the tool Productboard, ProdPad and all the other modern competitors have it.

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    Austin Merritt
    Aug 24, 2022

    There is a way to accomplish this now using calculated columns.

    You can start by using some existing data on the record, like the dates or timeframes to calculate the now, next, later value in a calculated column in a list report. More on that here: Aha! Roadmaps | Perform calculations on data in list reports

    You can see an example where we've done this with the timeframe of an initiative.

    That will then populate the data in a list report as you can see in the last column below

    That I can then easily change to a pivot

    I realize this takes some upfront work, but hopefully it will help!

  • Guest
    Aug 24, 2022

    I totally agree with all these comments. This is very standard product management practice. Instead of exporting from Aha, we have to recreate roadmaps in powerpoint, which decreases the value/stickiness of the tool.

    I would like to see this in the custom roadmaps.

  • Filip Vanlerberghe
    Aug 19, 2022

    I love using Aha!, but am astonished that Now/Next/Later roadmaps are not supported out of the box. The workaround with pivot tables is disappointing, and showing dates on a roadmap is too misleading...


  • Guest
    Jun 28, 2022

    Seconding this ask. Crucial feature for modern product management.

  • Guest
    May 18, 2022

    This is a hard block for me. Awesome software, but it makes it unusable if I need always to define dates. Moreover, all your competitors already have a similar model.

  • Guest
    Feb 8, 2022

    This would be absolutely monumental. The need to commit to dates is SUCH a challenging item, and it can present an incorrect picture for customers

  • Guest
    Jan 25, 2022

    How is this not a thing? We are currently assessing Product Planning tools and I'm blown away that in 2022 a product planning tool doesn't have a now/next/later roadmap. Every tool we've assessed has it except Aha and its table stakes functionality for modern Product teams!

  • Landon Reese
    Nov 7, 2021
    So this functionality is valuable to help people understand relative staging without showing commitment to specific dates. This gets very helpful in the 'later' column where in an agile world you will not have estimates. I would use scoring to help show priority, And I would also categorize these by one goals, initiatives or workspace The benefits of having this roadmap option for me is that I can showy progress in roadmap formation earlier than a timebound one. This is very valuable for transparency and stakeholder involvement.
  • Frode Jensen
    Sep 27, 2021

    Any comments on your thougts with regards to such functionality support in Aha! ? The Input/Idea has been listed for years now and I would be great to get some feedback on the posibility of this being implemented or not ?

  • Guest
    Jan 23, 2021

    Please add this. Committing to dates do not help PMs.

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