Roadmaps are a great way to showcase the work you're planning to do, what you're currently working on, and projects you've completed.

Enabling the roadmap feature

When you sign up for LaunchNotes, roadmaps are disabled by default. You can enable this feature by navigating to Settings > Roadmap > Basic info.

Enabling this will expose a "Roadmap" and "Announcements" tab on your main page, as seen below.

General settings

Basic info

In addition to the enable/disable controls, you can also change the name of your roadmap. The default name is set to "Roadmap".

Stages

Roadmap stages represent the status of a specific unit of work or project you're working on. They are fully customizable so you can use them however your team sees fit. When you enable the roadmap feature, there are four default or placeholder stages: In planning, In Development, Shipping, and Complete.

Configuring roadmap stages

  1. Navigate to Settings > Roadmap.

  2. Click the Stages tab.

  3. Here, you can add more stages, or edit/remove the existing ones.

Stage description

Roadmap stages have a "description" field. This field is for internal reference only, intended to give your team more clarity on what each stage is/means. The description is not shown on your public LaunchNotes page.

Ordering stages

Stages are reflected on your public page in the order that they are shown in the management portal. If you would like to change the order of these, simply drag and drop them into the order you'd like.

Roadmap work items

Work items represent a piece of work to be done over a period of time, such as a feature or a project.

Creating a work item

  1. Navigate to Roadmaps from the main navigation (not in the Settings menu).

  2. Click +Add item under the roadmap stage you wish to add a new work item to.

  3. You'll be prompted to add a name as well as any affected categories.

Once created, select the Item by clicking on it, and you'll be able to see/edit the Content (1), Timeline of updates (2), Subscribers (3), and Feedback (4) submitted from your users and subscribers to your public page.

Content

Work Items are made up of a heading and main body content. The main body sits in a rich text editor that supports a suite of hosting and embedding, and that updates and saves in real-time.

On the Content tab, you can edit the stage, set projected dates for the completion of this Item, and the relevant categories to this work item.

Timeline

Changes to the stage on each work item are recorded under the timeline tab, which gives a historical timeline of its progress as it moves through the stages.

Subscribers

Your end-users are able to subscribe to and follow individual roadmap Items. This will give you visibility into a dedicated list of people eagerly awaiting the launch of that Item, and will automatically update them on any announcements relevant to the particular work item they're subscribed to.

You can also add subscribers to your roadmap work items in the management portal. One use case for this could be for users or prospects that have shown an interest in when something is going to be shipped.

Feedback

Your users, subscribers & prospects are able to leave feedback on your roadmap items. This will funnel through and be collected under the Feedback tab.

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