Examples of feature boards for modelling each stage of your workflow

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One common mistake new Productboard users make is trying to do everything on a single board. Instead, it's best to string many boards together into a workflow—one you've just adopted, or one you're used to.

Below, we've compiled a list of feature board example to help you model different stages of your workflow so you don't get overwhelmed.

We've divided the examples by company maturity, since SMB companies tend to have different needs than Enterprise companies. 

The examples

Relevant to Legacy boards only

SMB Company

This section contains the following board examples: 

Ideation

During this phase, Important brainstorming and discussions are happening. What is the next item up that has the potential to make it into your Product offering? Taking a look at areas like User Feedback, Market Analysis, and User Research would be ideal.

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To set up this board, follow the steps below:

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3

Board Organization 

For the Ideation board, set the board organization, Grouped by to Hierarchy.svg Hierarchy.

GroupBy_hierarchy.jpg

 

 

Prioritization

Now you have an idea of more items that you have committed to build and deliver to your users. In what Priority will you build them? Use this phase to include things like story pointing estimates, dependancies, and a Prioritization methodology such as: Value/Effort, RICE, KANO, WSJF, or ICE.

Prioritization Board.jpeg

To set up this board, follow the steps below:

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3

Board Organization 

For the Prioritization board, set the board organization, Grouped by to sortedlist.svg Sorted list.

GroupBy_SortedList.jpg

 

Once you've identified the features you know you want to work on, click the feature status and set it to Planned.

Delivery Planning

While your features are being worked on, it's a good time to start thinking about planning for Delivery. At this point, you will want to keep things like Dependencies, Health, and Delivery Tasks up to date along with your release. If you have integrated with an Engineering platform, you can also view the status of that feature within that Platform and open the link directly from Productboard.

Delivery Planning Board.svg

To set up this board, follow the steps below:

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3

Board Organization 

For the Delivery planning board, set the board organization, Grouped by to By Release release.svg then choose how you want to display releases. In this example, we selected Quarters.

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Status board

Understand where each feature is at throughout its lifecycle.

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To set up this board, follow the steps in the table:

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3

Board Organization 

For the Status board, set the board organization, Grouped by to Status status.svg

by_status.jpg

 

 

 

Enterprise Company

This section contains the following board examples: 

Ideation

During this phase, Important brainstorming and discussions are happening. What is the next item up that has the potential to make it into your Product offering? Taking a look at areas like User Feedback, Market Analysis, and User Research would be ideal.

Ideation_board.jpeg

To set up this board, follow the steps below:

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3

Board Organization 

For the Ideation board, set the board organization, Grouped by to Hierarchy.svg Hierarchy

GroupBy_hierarchy.jpg

 

 

Discovery

You have an idea of some Important pieces of your solution that need iteration or net new features. During discovery, you will be taking a deeper dive into things like High-level estimations of work, Story mapping to get some conversations started, potential prototyping, and testing. Feel free to add any tasks you and your team may do during this Investigative phase.

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To set up this board, follow the steps below:

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3

Board Organization 

For the Discovery board, set the board organization, Grouped by to sortedlist.svg Sorted list

GroupBy_SortedList.jpg

 

Prioritization 

Now you have an idea of more items that you have committed to build and deliver to your users. In what Priority will you build them? Use this phase to include things like story pointing estimates, dependancies, and a Prioritization methodology such as: Value/Effort, RICE, KANO, WSJF, or ICE.

Prioritization Board.jpeg

To set up this board, follow the steps below:

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3

Board Organization 

For the Prioritization board, set the board organization, Grouped by to sortedlist.svg Sorted list

GroupBy_SortedList.jpg

 

Once you've identified the features you know you want to work on, click the feature status and set it to Planned.

Delivery Planning

While your features are being worked on, it's a good time to start thinking about planning for Delivery. At this point, you will want to keep things like Dependencies, Health, and Delivery Tasks up to date along with your release. If you have integrated with an Engineering platform, you can also view the status of that feature within that Platform and open the link directly from Productboard.

Delivery Planning Board.svg

To set up this board, follow the steps below:

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3

Board Organization 

For the Delivery planning board, set the board organization, Grouped by to By Release release.svg then choose how you want to display releases. In this example, we selected Quarters.

by_release_qtrs.jpg

 

Release Management

Plan your releases and understand if any pre or post-development activities need to be completed.

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To set up this board, follow the steps below:

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3

Board Organization 

For the Release management board, set the board organization, Grouped by to Release release.svg then choose how you want to display releases; in this example, we selected Quarters.

by_release_qtrs.jpg

 

Post Launch Evaluation

Now that your feature has been released, let's keep a pulse on things and keep the conversation going. Track feedback on your features along with team ceremonies like retros. Take a look at some of the progression of your objectives and how it is progressing based on the release of these features.

Post Launch Evaluation Board.jpeg

To set up this board, follow the steps below:

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3

Board Organization 

For the Post Launch Evaluation board, set the board organization, Grouped by to Hierarchy.svg Hierarchy

GroupBy_hierarchy.jpg

 

 

Status board

Understand where each feature is at throughout its lifecycle.

6.status.jpg

To set up this board, follow the steps in the table:

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3

Board Organization 

For the Status board, set the board organization, Grouped by to Status status.svg

by_status.jpg

 

Top Requests

Focus on the features that are most important to your customers.

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To set up this board, follow the steps in the table:

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3

Board Organization 

For the Top request's board, set the board organization, Grouped by to sortedlist.svg Sorted list.

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Bug tracker

Track down bugs in your feature list.

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To set up this board, follow the steps in the table:

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3

Board Organization 

For the Bug tracker board, set the board organization, Grouped by to Hierarchy.svg Hierarchy

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Go-to-market teams

Help go-to-market teams understand which features are gearing up to be launched and what tasks need to be done prior to release.

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To set up this board, follow the steps in the table:

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3

Board Organization 

For the Go-to-market teams board, set the board organization, Grouped by to status.svg Status

by_status.jpg

 

Backlog grooming

Surface features that don't have drivers and/or effort set.

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To set up this board, follow the steps in the table:

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3

Board Organization 

For the Backlog grooming board, set the board organization, Grouped by to sortedlist.svg Sorted list

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Leadership 

Understand how features are scored against your company objectives and segment importance.

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To set up this board, follow the steps in the table:

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3

Board Organization 

For the Leadership board, set the board organization, Grouped by to Hierarchy.svg Hierarchy

group_hierarchy.jpg

 

Engineering

This board helps product teams view what the engineering teams are working on and check on the development progress.

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To set up this board, follow the steps in the table:

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3

Board Organization 

For the Engineering board, set the board organization, Grouped by to release.svg Release, then choose how you want to display releases. In this example, we selected Monthly.

release_monthly.jpg

 

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