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Aha!

26 Ratings

ProdPad

3 Ratings

Aha!

26 Ratings
Score 8.1 out of 101

ProdPad

3 Ratings
Score 8.7 out of 101

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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.
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ProdPad

It's definitely an improvement over our old Enhancements list that anyone could add to and just collected dust on a Share drive. ProdPad allows ideas to be sorted and archived, plus let's people comment on ideas - so it's pretty obvious is something is a good idea with lots of support or just some crackpot theory.
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Pros

  • Provides an easy to understand visual for upcoming releases and what is included.
  • Makes it easy for Product Managers to interact directly with users via the Idea Bank portal.
  • Provides a way to link dependencies and related features to help understand expected feature releases.
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  • It allows people to just throw Ideas up on the wall to see what sticks, without the hassle of email chains, meetings, notes, etc.
  • It integrates with both TFS and Jira, which is handy to push Ideas into user stories, epics, and tasks. Saves time from copying and pasting.
  • It's visually appealing so we can look at lists or chart view to spark team conversation of what to organize and pull into future sprints.
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Cons

  • Policing the idea bank to make sure ideas are specific and representative of a single idea is a manual task.
  • There are a lot of times when I save and close an item and it just disappears from my current view. This is usually due to user error, it just seems too easy to make those errors all too often. I wish I was warned if I'm about to save (or close) a record that is going to disappear from my current view.
  • I wish there was easy to find, approachable training material to teach me how to use parts of the system that I don't even look at today (such as Personnas)
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  • The linking of fields between ProdPad and Jira isn't ideal, and leads to some duplication.
  • The use of real estate on the Release view could be improved.
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Usability

Aha!6.0
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The functionality is there, but it's intimidating to learn.
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Support

Aha!10.0
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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.
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Alternatives Considered

Aha! is a better fit for the specific type of strategic planning that I do. The other tools are more intended for other grains of planning and/or execution.
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We were just capturing ideas in an Excel workbook, but that forced ownership to a single user for changes and updates and there wasn't any direct integration with project backlog. We actually didn't select ProdPad, a new VP came and brought it with him because it worked so well at his last place. Everybody here jumped on board, though.
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Return on Investment

  • My stakeholders are more informed with the expected delivery dates of certain features.
  • My users seem to appreciate the interaction on the idea bank.
  • The idea bank gives me an easy way to communicate the value our feature releases are providing (number of ideas/votes responded to).
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  • It's relatively cheap, so cost wasn't a huge issue.
  • Time savings are a definite win, as now we can avoid using meeting time to discuss initial ideas. People are just directed to add their ideas and let them be fleshed out in ProdPad before getting to a later dev stage.
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Pricing Details

Aha!

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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ProdPad

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details