How to add time horizons to your roadmap (Beta)

Diana Stegall
Written by Diana Stegall
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Note: This article describes a feature available through a beta program. If you would like to join our beta program, sign up here.

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Our Time horizons roadmap is a great way to communicate high-level plans without having to share specific dates.

 

By creating a time horizons roadmap, or enabling time horizons on an existing timeline roadmap, you can:

  • create a high-level date based roadmap in just a few clicks
  • easily tailor different date granularity to a different audience
  • create a high-level release calendar for go to market teams

In this article:

 

How to display time horizons on your roadmap

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  1. Make sure you have the beta feature enabled in your account.
  2. On any timeline roadmap, click the Settings menu in the top right corner.
  3. Under Timeline Settings, toggle on Time horizons. This will round up specific dates on your roadmap into broader time horizons, and automatically align your cards into the correct column.
  4. Select Start-end to visualize duration or End to visualize anticipated release date (see below).
  5. Click Save roadmap in the top right corner before sharing your roadmap.
Note: Turning on time horizons is only a change in visualization. It won't affect the timeframes you've assigned to your features.

 

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On your time horizon roadmap, you will be able to:

  • Create new features
  • Add features to your roadmap
  • Reorder features vertically
  • Move features to another column
  • Extend features across multiple columns.

When you do so, your feature's timeframe will update appropriately.

For example, in the GIF above, by dragging and dropping the "Adding via canvas" feature into a new column, that feature's timeframe has been updated from April to May.

 

How to switch between a weekly, monthly or quarterly format

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To change your timeline granularity, simply select a different option from the dropdown menu in the top navigation bar. Your features will automatically rearrange into the correct position based on their timeframe. Don't forget to click Save before sharing!

How to visualize duration vs. release date

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When Time horizons are toggled on, you have two options:

  • Visualize your features' duration (how long your team plans to work on or deliver the feature) by using Start-end dates
  • Visualize your features' anticipated release date by using End dates

You can switch between these two modes by selecting Settings in the top right corner, then under Timeline settings select the visualization you prefer. Don't forget to click Save before sharing!

When you switch visualization modes, your features will be rearranged into the appropriate columns - but this is only a change in visualization, and will not affect the features' assigned timeframe.

Tip: Sharing with go-to-market teams? Eliminate confusion about when features will be available to customers by using the End date option.

We'd love your feedback

Questions, comments or suggestions? Please share your thoughts in the private group beta you were invited to, or reach out to our Support team at support@productboard.com - we'd love to know what you think of the Time horizons feature and how we can improve it!

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