Improvement: Automatically link a release to all initiatives that are linked to its features

I as a product owner usually link a feature to an initiative. I'd then expect to see a roadmap on the dashboard where all releases are mapped onto initiatives based on the feature-initiative-links. I do not understand why I should reduntantly link the specific release to the initiatives. 

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  • Apr 7 2015
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  • Marissa Melnick commented
    September 04, 2015 19:09

    If there are concerns that not ALL initiatives should be attached to an epic, perhaps make this a setting that can be configured.  But having to constantly do this manually is painful and should be automated.

  • Daniel Garcia commented
    September 22, 2015 15:54

    I second this. If you have a complex set up of projects and initiatives this is a MUST to see if all Features related to an initiative are actually covered. 

  • Nigel Smith commented
    November 17, 2016 20:30

    As someone who is consulting to clients and helping them to adopt agile practices and use Aha!, this feature is going to be important to adoption of your product. The feedback I receive is that having to update the releases with the increments manually is at best arduous (it takes a while to do) and at worst error prone (if you accidentally miss an initiative, which I have, many times).

  • Jason Slaughter commented
    October 31, 2017 18:17

    Has anything progressed on this idea? It seems to me that if Aha is really going to help with removing the manual work of roadmapping, it should be able to automatically assign Initiatives to releases based on what features are in the release.

    This, used alongside the automatic dates for Initiatives, means that the roadmap would always be correct and updated, so long as the features are tracked in the releases properly. That would be really nice.

  • Chris Addison commented
    April 06, 2018 14:03

    I agree with this. I don't see why it can't pull through Initiatives and Goals to a Release automatically based on the features that are assigned to it (or at least have the option to do that). There seems to be quite a few areas in Aha! where the linkages have to keep being added manually when they should be automated - kind of defeats the point of it.

    Similarly when you select an Initiative in the Feature it doesn't automatically pull in the Goals that are linked to the Initiative - I can't for the life of me see why not, it seems a very simple thing to do. Instead you have to manually remember what Goal(s) are associated with the Initiative and add them again - very prone to error and likely just to be missed altogether.

  • Thomas Sautelle commented
    May 03, 2018 18:54

    Agree with all of the above / manually adding and then maintaining the relationship between releases and initiatives when you have frequent releases is craziness :P

  • colin corbett commented
    November 01, 2018 08:22

    as a new user this is an obvious one to fix- if you set features with initiatives they should roll up to release and products so initiatives are automatically assigned in hierarchy. to have to add these manually is poor software

  • David Bowen commented
    17 May 09:43

    I agree with this, very frustrating to have to duplicate the effort of linking things. We expect to use Aha to help streamline our process not introduce duplication and potential for errors by missing links.

  • Jens Kintrup commented
    13 Jun 10:21

    Yes, would be much more easy, not double down the effort for simple things (and reduce errors).