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Aha!

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Receptive

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Aha!

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Score 8.3 out of 101

Receptive

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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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Receptive

Receptive is very effective for multiple internal teams/department of a single product who need to scale their product feedback management effectively. We've been leveraging it for one of our products and it was so successful, that we implemented it with a second product. The main issue we ran into situationally with that was managing 2+ modules (products) in Receptive; it was a bit more difficult to present Receptive to two different customer bases/users (we couldn't change the appearance) and slightly confusing to do within the app (lots of filtering needed). I have heard that support of multiple modules is something that Receptive will likely be working on in the near future, so that's good news.
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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.
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  • Receptive organizes the masses of data on product feedback that we have into digestible, actionable items. We're able to manage a workflow in an orderly fashion and ensure that all of our information on what customers want is in one place. Receptive's Dashboard is a great place to land on without getting too overwhelmed at all the incoming requests from our customers - it shows us what items have been waiting the longest, the most valuable requests, the most popular requests, and more. The Dashboard alone has helped us focus on product feedback more strategically without getting sidetracked by the influx of data.
  • Receptive allows for thorough collaboration amongst our internal teams. Before we implemented it, it was sometimes a challenge to stay on the same page. Now we all have one central place to look; the activity timeline, team member tagging, and reports/metrics functionalities are all quick views into what our internal teams are doing, and we're able to easily update each other on statuses without adding to each others' email stockpiles.
  • Receptive's own customer success for their customers (us!) is top-notch. Our CSM Aly is a true advocate for our cause and needs within the solution. She's faithfully met with us every few weeks to check in on how we're doing, and gone extra steps to ensure that we're taken care of. They've made it very easy to be a customer of Receptive, and they've listened to our voice in our feedback for their solution, and we can clearly tell!
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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).
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  • Receptive's user interface is generally very navigable and simple (and also looks nice)! However, we've come across a few navigation quirks that we believe could vastly be improved, particularly in their Browse column, where you can view all feature requests. We wish Receptive used webpage real estate a bit more efficiently - a lot of blank space and scrolling, as well as 'next page' clicking is necessary to browse requests. It would help if there were some sort of a preview pane for the requests, and if the filters were all at the top.
  • A particular functionality that we've been asking for a long time from Receptive isn't there yet: customizable feature statuses (such as Under Review, Planned, Building, Released, Declined, etc.). It looks like it has been highly requested in the past, and we're pretty sure many customers would benefit from it and love Receptive even more. We're really hoping Receptive will release it soon.
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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

Wizeline is an up-and-comer in this space. At the time we considered them, the solution was not robust enough to manage a large backlog or multiple products with a JIRA integration. They are adding features rapidly, though, and every release is very robust
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We had UserVoice prior to Receptive but it was just too clunky and extensive for our needs. It was less about automation and still very manual work to process feedback. It also didn't provide collaboration levels that we needed for our internal teams to work together. ProdPad was a very clean tool but also didn't enable us to automate the process like Receptive does.
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Return on Investment

  • Aha! is a relatively inexpensive investment for the ROI considering all the time it saves compared to working in spreadsheets, Jira, Pivotal, etc., to organize a product backlog and manage feedback. The time savings alone covers the investment.
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  • Receptive has improved our interaction with customers / engagement, which has helped us to maintain customer relationships better.
  • Receptive has decreased the time spent in trying to organize and manage incoming product feedback data by allowing us to automate the process.
  • Receptive has helped us strategically to determine where to go in building a better product for our customers - one that they love to use and know that they're valued by.
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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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Receptive

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