195 VOTE
Status Will not implement
Categories Strategy
Created by Bob Carlson
Created on Mar 20, 2015

Add Features to multiple initiatives

Many intiatives may benefit from some common functionality.   If you could add a feature to multiple initiatives it would allow you to better track the impact of the feature across the entire business.

    Dec 12, 2018

    We appreciate the feedback on this idea. Despite the interest in this request, we do not plan to implement this idea.

    That said, please note that there are a couple workarounds which would allow you to link a feature to multiple initiatives and understand the impact of the features across the business.

    1. Add an initiatives record relationship custom field to capture secondary initiatives for a feature

    2. Use record links to connect the feature to secondary initiatives

    While we can see value in particular cases for directly linking a feature to multiple initiatives, allowing this would cause other issues and limitations that may not be apparent on the surface. Since initiatives typically represent a large body of work, it is important as that work is broken down into features to be able to clearly delineate which features contribute to the work of the initiative. 

    For example, we have a major effort underway to provide enhanced capacity planning capabilities which will allow you to manage estimates and capacity at the initiative level for high level planning (which can be tracked in this idea.) This would not be possible if a feature could be related to more than one initiative.

    Implementing this would also limit future improvements to roadmap visualizations where you may want to see your initiatives and features in a single roadmap.

    Given the available workarounds and limitations of introducing this capability, we hope you can understand why we do not have plans to implement this idea.

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  • David Laryea
    Aug 14, 2020

    It irritates me that a feature can be linked to multiple goals, but not to multiple initiatives. I get the Admin Response above, but with this background you should simply remove the link to goals, as features will be automatically linked to goals via the initiative they relate to. The initiative already relates to multiple goals!

  • Scott Shultz
    Feb 4, 2020

    It is very limiting for a feature or master feature to link to only one initiative. In the real world it is very normal for features to be linked to multiple initiatives, as evidenced by the number of comments in this thread. Adding an additional custom field doesn't solve the problem. Please fix this limitation. 

  • Josh Tambor
    Jan 15, 2020

    Following on this thread...it would be helpful to get some additional beyond the above Admin response. I will say that adding a custom field is a good work around, however, it may become a large burden for an admin to manage a large amount of fields in time. With respect to the link feature, I do not think this a strong feature in its current state. It is a bit limiting in respect to how it is viewed. Given that the response was issued in Q4 2018, and that Aha has made some strategic choices around its position as an end-to-end management tool for strategy and requirements (i.e. inclusion of new workspace types), any additional guidance from the team is greatly appreciated

  • Loic Bauduin Brunelle
    Aug 26, 2019

    The problem is about reporting, this could still be solved without breaking the future development.

    What about including the "record links" concept in the reporting structure, so that we can pull related object data using the record links instead (or in addition to) the object hardcoded links?

  • Loic Bauduin Brunelle
    Aug 26, 2019

    The problem is to report a feature against multiple large initiatives.

    This idea refers one solution for this problem, which is to link a feature to multiple initiatives through the feature->initiative attribute. Understanding that this would break your solution, could you still provide a solution to the original problem "out of the box" / without requiring use of custom fields?

    What about including the "record links" concept into your reporting solution?

  • Yogev Barom
    Feb 20, 2019

    Thank you

  • Zachary Levin
    Dec 18, 2018

    This feature would really help us deal with a strategy aiming to integrate disparate product lines through multiple initiatives and consequently have major benefits to our prioritization system - identifying features tied to multiple key strategic initiatives

  • Ben Hampton
    Dec 12, 2018

    Thanks for the explanation!  Knowing this won't be implemented helps clarify how we should be best representing the initiative object.

  • Harrison Lynch
    Dec 12, 2018

    In retrospect, only a madman would want this feature. 😀

    (But you were very kind in your explanation)

  • Johan Criel
    Nov 20, 2018


    Any feedback from Aha! side regarding this topic?

  • K W
    Oct 11, 2018

    We're a Fortune 100 and love using Aha. This feature is important to us; any progress on this?

  • Walter Clarke
    Oct 3, 2018

    Please let us know when this will be available or not; either way we need to know. It will impact our use of the Aha! tool moving forward

  • Zach Robin
    Oct 2, 2018

    Lack of this feature is limiting further expansion of Aha! within our global organization. 


  • Jerrold Emery
    Sep 5, 2018

    Are there any updates on this request? It certainly has a lot of votes and plenty of comments. It would be nice to see this item move forward.

  • Greg Koeka
    Jul 27, 2018

    This would benefit one of our primary Product tasks, stakeholder communication. When leadership wants to know how a feature helps us achieve our initiatives, and thus our goals, we can't show them the value of the team's efforts. This is fundamental for both a Product manager and the team.

  • Annette Edmonds
    Jul 25, 2018

    Prior to entering an enhancement request I noticed there are many asking for the same option which is to allow linking a feature to "multiple" initiatives.  I agree that there are many times that it would help prioritize, understand the where initiatives cross, etc.

  • Guest
    Jul 25, 2018

    I very much agree with this! Has there been a decision? Seems like this has been "future consideration" for a long, long time.

  • Chris Garner
    Jul 5, 2018

    I wish John Biltcliffe would have shared his work around.  We desperately need this

  • Ken Cantu
    Mar 2, 2018

    We have multiple initiatives at the corporate level and some features we're delivering span those initiatives even if they are secondary benefits. From the initiative level we have higher decision maker users who want to see a few of an initiative and all the features that help support and move that initiative forward in reporting. 

  • Shawn Adams
    Jan 19, 2018

    This would help sell to senior leadership the desire to work on something by being able to show that working on one Idea or Feature is addressing multiple initiatives at the same time.  Senior leadership loves to know when something is killing two birds with one stone.

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Allow Features to Link to More than one Initiative or Goal

Creating a one to many relationship between Features and Initiatives would help with prioritization. The features that support multiple strategic imperatives should be of higher value.
John Rastelli about 1 year ago in Features 0 Will not implement

Features should be allowed to have more than one initiative.

Goals can have multiple Initiatives. Releases can have multiple Goals and Initiatives. Features can have multiple Goals but only one Initiative (?). This could be an oversite by the Aha developers.
Guest about 4 years ago in Features 0 Will not implement

Ability to attach more than 1 initiative to an EPIC and to also be able to incorporate that within a CSV import

Often I have more than 1 initiative associated with a master feature. Currently I can only associate one. I also know how time consuming it is to review ideas as our ideas portal is quite lively - so why not stop right now and make yourself a cup ...
Guest over 2 years ago in Epic 0 Will not implement

Link a feature to more than one initiative

Some of our features serve multiple initiatives. Would like the ability to link a feature to more than one initiative - like can do with a release.
Aron Seidman about 5 years ago in Strategy 0 Will not implement

Allow Features to be mapped to multiple initiatives

We have features that map to multiple initiatives with equal relevance and importance. We then roadmaps for our initiatives to see all of relevant activities and to understand dependencies and relationships. Since we are limited to be able to on...
Guest almost 3 years ago in Features 0 Will not implement