What users are saying about
34 Ratings
69 Ratings
34 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 8.3 out of 101
69 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 7.6 out of 101

Add comparison

Likelihood to Recommend

Aha!

  • Aha! is the all around product management tool. You need something once you build out a product management role and grow beyond a small scrum team with one or two products. JIRA, Pivotal, and project management tools don't cut it for aligning [engineering] with product initiatives once the backlog starts to scale.
  • On the other hand, there are several unfinished features that my peers all admit to having to work around: Capacity Planning, Salesforce Integration, Roadmap Display Flexibility, User Feedback, etc. This year has been all about reporting in terms of feature releases. As Aha! grows, they will fill in these other areas, so stay tuned.
Ross Reynolds profile photo

Clarizen

Clarizen got the job done with time tracking and expense reports, but it didn't do enough to make our organization continue using it. We ended up switching because the key stakeholders (resource management) were unhappy with its offerings. This might be a good fit for smaller organizations that require less feature and capabilities. Instead, our company switched to OpenAir, which has more robust time tracking, expense reports, and PTO accrual and monitoring programs.
No photo available

Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Aha!
Clarizen
7.1
Task Management
Aha!
Clarizen
8.5
Resource Management
Aha!
Clarizen
7.6
Gantt Charts
Aha!
Clarizen
5.4
Scheduling
Aha!
Clarizen
8.4
Workflow Automation
Aha!
Clarizen
6.9
Team Collaboration
Aha!
Clarizen
8.2
Support for Agile Methodology
Aha!
Clarizen
5.5
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Aha!
Clarizen
7.2
Document Management
Aha!
Clarizen
7.1
Email integration
Aha!
Clarizen
7.6
Mobile Access
Aha!
Clarizen
5.8
Timesheet Tracking
Aha!
Clarizen
8.1
Change request and Case Management
Aha!
Clarizen
6.6
Budget and Expense Management
Aha!
Clarizen
6.1

Professional Services Automation

Aha!
Clarizen
4.0
Project & financial reporting
Aha!
Clarizen
5.5
Integration with accounting software
Aha!
Clarizen
2.5

Pros

  • Aha! is an all around product management suite. It is great for breaking product plans into initiatives, features, and user stories. This helps the organization understand the product plan and what is driving individual work items. Unlike Jira and project management tools, it helps you prioritize by major themes, features, and releases. Once you start to use it, you can't go back to a project management tool because the views for organizing and prioritizing features just isn't there.
  • Aha! also excels at idea management. You can create a portal for users to submit ideas and manage them through a workflow. Users can submit ideas through a variety of channels, including email, ZenDesk, and SalesForce. You can even attach account values to an idea submitted through SalesForce, though the UI in SalesForce is a little kludgy. This is a great feature for those that have the capacity to manage feedback this way, but be aware that it takes time to manage.
  • Aha! works pretty well with Jira so that project managers can have their backlog that is understandable to the business and engineering can break down those work items however they want.
  • Aha! also has a lot of useful integrations: Slack, ZenDesk, Zapier, etc. It also integrates with every major software project management tool on the market: Jira, Pivotal, Rally, Redmine, and TFS.
Ross Reynolds profile photo
  • Real time updates: as a web based solution when I update a timeline my manager and team can see the updates as soon as they refresh their view
  • Highlighting what changes and the critical path: I can set up a view that marks items on the critical path and I can set up a view to highlight any dates that change based on a change I make earlier in the plan. This makes slashing timelines much much easier than most programs.
  • Collaborative notes: you can @ team members when adding notes. This is a great way to share project specific comments and also the system keeps a record of these conversations which can be useful for post mortems.
  • Reports: You can create custom reports and share them with your team so they can pull similar reports for their own projects
Sarah Meerschaert profile photo

Cons

  • There are a few catches once you get down to using it. For example, Aha! maps products to projects as a one-to-one in Jira. Why should anyone care? If your Engineering team is organized into functional groups that work on more than one product, this can be a mess. You can't send features to two different teams for one product. Other products like Wizeline support this.
  • Idea management can be overvalued. Be sure you need it before you make it a must-have feature. Idea management is great for enterprise B2B companies with a small base of users to support and the development capacity to be responsive to ad hoc feedback. Think a closed beta participant group, a CAB or small disciplined internal user group like Customer Success. However, it takes a large PM team and excess capacity in Development to manage this sort of feedback. Otherwise, you set yourself up for failure. Look at Aha!'s own idea portal, and you can see it takes a large PM team to track everything, and even then, the user community has to accept that there isn't going to be an immediate response the way a service desk would respond to a problem ticket. If this functionality is not key, there are other tools like User Voice that can be purchased separately later to provide best of breed feedback management.
  • Capacity Planning is a major missing feature. Aha! has half functional capacity planning. It requires manual entry and does not support easy bottom up feedback and progress tracking from the dev team working in Jira. My team found that it was not usable enough to show what was above or below the line on the fly. This is very disempowering for Product Managers who 'want their mojo back' as Aha!'s marketing says. There is a huge discussion in the Aha! user community about this. Even Brian and Chris have responded, so they are looking at it. It's hard to lead management discussions about what to do when resource tradeoffs on what is above or below the line are not clear. This has been one of the most requested features that is still not there after a year of users clamoring for it...
  • The SalesForce integration is not as useful as we thought. My Sales Team found it unusable because of kludgy UI issues. Also, it was hard for users to pile on with other accounts needing the feature, so it only represented one ask from one account, not the market. Plus, it can be totally random which sales person speaks up, leading to a squeaky wheel effect. We found it easier to run this kind of analysis through our web analytics tool, Woopra. Any major account requests were just handled the old fashioned way.
  • We did not use the strategy or roadmap screens as much. We really just needed a wiki to store this info. Old fashioned PowerPoint and tools like Product Plan can cover this as an alternative. Our core usage centered around the initiatives, the product backlog screen, and the reporting (for the roadmap as opposed to the actual roadmap page).
Ross Reynolds profile photo
  • Honestly I am so impressed with what Clarizen can do I haven't had time to stop and think about what it doesn't. If I had to pick something I would say it could provide a graphical interface for simple workflow rules.
Sean Woods, PMP profile photo

Likelihood to Renew

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Clarizen7.5
Based on 27 answers
We found MS Project with Sharepoint and Office 365 was a better solution.
Roger Botterbusch, EA, PMP profile photo

Usability

Aha!6.0
Based on 1 answer
The functionality is there, but it's intimidating to learn.
No photo available
Clarizen7.3
Based on 5 answers
It is easy to configure, intuitive. The customization process is in some ways better than Salesforce.com. It has a great UI. It does however depend on how it's implemented.

The design of it is generally fine, however the ability to data upload people from a spreadsheet is an obvious miss.
No photo available

Reliability and Availability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Clarizen8.2
Based on 3 answers
Sometimes it is slow when everyone is entering their time on Fridays or Mondays but other than that we rarely see downtime and maintenance notifications are well in advance.
Shel Hankley profile photo

Performance

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Clarizen9.1
Based on 5 answers
Reports: Quick to Reasonable

Most Ancillary Pages: Quick to Reasonable
(By "ancillary" I mean lesser used/master data maintenance pages - e.g. People, Customers, Individual Tasks, Milestones, etc.)

Work Plan (with 100 sub items): Reasonable to Slow
Jason Beamer profile photo

Support

Aha!10.0
Based on 1 answer
Support always answered in 24 hours for any inquiry-- a reasonable timeframe for most of our requests. The PM team participated actively in supporting their features, keeping them close to the product.
Ross Reynolds profile photo
Clarizen8.8
Based on 5 answers
Their staff cares, not just about your problem, but the success of your company. They are there at every turn to help you with a problem, big or small
No photo available

In-Person Training

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Clarizen8.2
Based on 2 answers
• We worked with a Project Manager on their side. He was very good about developing a project plan to hit our goal. I think we had weekly or twice weekly calls – very steady cadence over 3 month period.
• Their PM skills were great – kept us on task. For the last week, they sent 2 people on site and they did training for power users. After that a couple of them revisited here
No photo available

Online Training

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Clarizen5.4
Based on 5 answers
Many video tutorials, offers of webinars are available all the time.
Shel Hankley profile photo

Implementation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Clarizen8.2
Based on 4 answers
I performed the implementation with our Clarizen provide trainer, who knew the product 100% and it went quickly and without a problem. It was a pleasurable process without the problems other software implementation often encounter. Kudos to the Clarizen team for making this a worry free process for their clients because it is worry free.
No photo available

Alternatives Considered

We selected Aha over the other options as our specific goal and need was to align as a Product Management team across all our lines of business. While other products did well, the customized abilities of Aha, price points, and Atlassian integration tools made it a clear choice
No photo available
AtTask, EPM Live, CorasWorksThere were many different reasons why we chose Clarizen but ease of use, functionality and price and adaptability were our top reasons.
Shel Hankley profile photo

Return on Investment

  • Very helpful separating the concerns of our product and engineering teams. Both feel notably more productive working in their "own" tools (aka aha and jira)
No photo available
  • Didn't get to use this tool long enough to evaluate ROI issues
Roger Botterbusch, EA, PMP profile photo

Pricing Details

Aha!

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Aha! Editions & Modules
Aha!
Edition
Premium
$591
Enterprise
$992
Enterprise+
$1492
1. user/month
2. product owner or contributor/month
Additional Pricing Details

Aha! More Information

Clarizen

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Clarizen Editions & Modules
Clarizen
Edition
Enterprise Edition
$451
Unlimited Edition
$601
1. per user per month
Additional Pricing Details

Clarizen More Information