Initiative Level Kanban Board

Loving the Kanban board, but with us up-leveling many of our efforts to initiatives, I'm wanting the same view for initiatives.

There are two ways I could see this working, and to be honest I'd love to get both:

  1. Add an Initiative representation to the Feature Kanban Board
    1. Possibly a graphical icon on the card,
    2. horizontal banding of feature cards for each initiative that can be toggled on or off
    3. ability to make initiative the horizontal operator and then represent people on the card
  2. A Kanban board that displays Initiatives much the same as the current one shows features
  • Harrison Lynch
  • May 12 2015
  • Shipped
Release time frame
  • Apr 27, 2017

    Admin Response

    We know that a lot of customers were previously using initiatives as epics. We recently introduced Master Features which operate like Epics. Master features are also available on the Features -> Workflow page, making it possible to visualize progress on epics in your Kanban view. You can read more on Master features here

    With the introduction of Master features we are marking this idea Shipped. Regarding initiatives, we do plan to make improvements to Initiatives in the future (including ways to visualize information), but we are unlikely to make changes in the area of an Initiative level Kanban board.  

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  • Jonathon Leeke commented
    August 28, 2015 13:33

    Yes!  It would be great to be able to drag and drop features between initiatives.  As we form our hierarchy and initiatives are regularly changing, it would save so much time to be able to just drag and drop features to new initiatives.  This would also be a great visualization/reporting tool for our internal stakeholders to see what we're working on and the current status.  The pivots for this type of view just don't end up looking right - a Kanban board is perfect!

  • Scott Bleasdell commented
    February 1, 2016 16:51

    What about a Feature board that had columns for initiatives instead of releases?  Only features assigned an initiative would appear in this view.  One advantage of this is it would allow me to move items from release to release.  To easily achieve this, imagine the release buckets that you see today in the Feature Details view with the "board"-like columns for each initiative below.  To allow me to assign features from an initiative to a release (which is the main goal here), I would simply drag and drop features from the board to the right release bucket at the top.

  • Peter Marshall commented
    July 12, 2016 20:30

    We follow the widely adopted Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and have found that, while Aha! doesn't seem to have been build with SAFe in mind, Aha! lines up very well with SAFe.  A dynamic (drag-and-drop) Kanban for Initiatives, however, is one of the key missing ingredients that keeps Aha! from being an almost perfect fit as a toolkit for the Portfolio and Program levels of SAFe.

    SAFe has both a Portfolio Kanban of Epics (Initiatives in Aha!) and a Program Kanban of Features, and contrary to the assumption expressed in the Admin Response above, we budget equal time to working on Epics and Features.

  • Guest commented
    July 15, 2016 07:17

    I'll add my ditto to this.  The "board" format is a really valuable format for providing a simultaneous "all up" and limited detail view of any kind of grouping.   And when you need to refactor (which happens! a lot!), nothing beats being able to drag and drop between the columns.

  • Paul Riegle commented
    March 21, 2017 15:29

    We also use SAFe and initiative kanban is a critical piece of the PM workflow that is completely missing in Aha!.  This forces us to use word docs and powerpoints for communication and prioritization - taking us out of Aha! and reducing the likelihood of success of the Aha! software within our organization.

  • Andrew Tipton commented
    April 24, 2017 16:15

    Hi Guys

    The team is reviewing tool as a result of moving the whole enterprise to SAFe and they really like the EPIC/Initiative Kanban board at the portfolio level.

    From the layman who does not understand your data model, it looks like it is repurposing a features Workflow view to the Intiative level within Strategy. I think this is a great feature to have the key Execs in a Aha Customer using the Aha product and seeing the value.

    The link on the visualising of Epics is here: 

    http://www.scaledagileframework.com/portfolio-kanban/

    Funnel - review - Analysis - Portfolio Backlog - Implementation (RAG'd) - Done Achieved