Allow a product manager to create multiple scenarios of product roadmap to help decision process of what to build when as priorities change

Despite best laid plans a product manager is often challenged by changing priorities that demand scenario planning to create what-if scenarios before deciding which plan is the most optimal.  Today, we export the current roadmap to Excel for manipulation and then later update AHA.  It would be desirable to do all this what-if scenario planning entirely in AHA.

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  • Daniel Pokrývka commented
    11 Apr 06:05pm

    Hi everyone,

    I think that with a little creativity with existing functionalities of, it is quite possible.

    What I recommend

    1. Create alternate reality product(s) based on original product

    2. Clone releases from original product to alternate reality product(s)

    3. Utilize aha reporting to showcase alernate realities and original product comparison (e.g. pivot report)

    I believe this way you could very well end up with alternate realities with full aha functionality.

    As an addon - I would create master features to group features from different realities so that they can compete in between each other (utilize scorecards to assign score to reality versions and compare on pivot reports, what is more likely to be valuable).

    I think this is an interesting idea and if you contact me ( or shiftup slack), we can jump on call, share screen and I will create prototype with you, e.g. in your aha.

  • Patrick Taylor commented
    2 Oct, 2019 09:52am

    We do our scenario's outside of Aha, unfortunately. Snapshot's in presentation mode doesn't cut it - so having the ability to almost create a ghost planning board that can have snapshots taken and then compared to actuals would be great.

  • Debbie Levitt commented
    1 Feb, 2019 11:38am

    I need this too. I had tried out Portfolio for JIRA and rejected it for heaps of reasons. But liked that I could create different outcomes with different teams, priorities, roadmaps, etc. I need this right now where I'm working because stakeholders have dreams that are larger than staffing. I'd like to play out a scenario and show them how many teams we'd need to build X in Y amount of time. Thank you.

  • Justin Makeig commented
    17 Dec, 2018 10:51pm

    One way that we’d like to do what-if analysis is by changing the scoring weights. What if we really wanted to double down on “Ease of Use”? How would that change the scores? What are the key differences? Does that allow different resource usage/timing? What’s the tradeoff?

  • Matthew Lynn commented
    1 Nov, 2018 10:16pm

    My use case for this would be: examine what happens to road map under different resourcing scenarios. 

  • Chris Stocker commented
    6 Oct, 2018 11:43pm

    In Addition to this, when two companies Merge you need to have two versions of the roadmap for some time until the merger completes and this will be useful for creating specific roadmap for Customer Type A and Customer Type B

  • Carolynn Hunter commented
    2 Oct, 2018 07:44pm

    Hello A-ha team. Just wondering if you have an ETA for when this feature might be implemented? This feature would be a valuable asset for our organization.

  • Paul Hammant commented
    10 Feb, 2018 02:19pm

    I'd like "What If" scenarios too. I've been years looking for such a planning tool - Paul H

  • Guest commented
    27 Jan, 2018 12:03am

    This is an amazing idea.  My CEO recently asked me to show a roadmap for scenario A and another one for scenario B.  We have a big decision to make that will potentially impact our entire roadmap and I've been struggling to use Aha for this.

    I tried getting clever with tags, tried creating new product lines, but every way I tried was clunky, time consuming, and didn't have great polish to share with a CEO.

    Forking an existing roadmap into scenario planning would be amazing.

  • Michael Aoki commented
    17 Jan, 2018 08:55pm

    I was a little disappointed that with all the wonderful tooling, that I was not able to test out scenarios.

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