The number of Makers who create marvellous products on Directual is growing, so is the flow of feature requests. Users used to come up with ideas and bug reports on our live-chat, facebook group or Telegram-chats. The Directual team realised that the process needed to be streamlined. We craved to make it transparent in order to build trust with the market and with our users. The best solution for that was to build a public product development roadmap. There were some ready-to-use products like Trello, Jira or fancy Notion but they did’t meet our requirements. The only way to create the proper roadmap was to build it on Directual platform. In the current post we are revealing the details about our project and are telling how to build an ideal roadmap for yourself!
We described the list of our needs as follows:
We have tested almost all of the popular solutions: Trello, Jira, Asana, Notion, etc. And none of them covered all our needs. That turned out to strengthen our belief in no-code approach. Applying Directual we managed to craft 100% suitable app less than in a day!
Here it is: Public Directual Roadmap
Any visitor sees three groups of tasks: planned, under development, released. Features are marked with green stripes, bugs—with red ones. Number in the corner of a task card is the number of upvotes. Cards with tasks under development contain the development progress bar. Released tasks are grouped to releases, details of which are on the second public page — Release notes.
If the visitor wants to upvote or to watch the features, he has to sign in or to sign up. Authorised user has an access to the additional pages, where he can:
The latter requires email address confirmation. The features, added by the user are watched by the author by default. If the request is declined, its author will receive the update, including the reason of decline (the most frequent one is the request double).
Have a look—you are welcome to participate!
As we’ve mentioned above, anyone can do the same — can create the roadmap app, which matches the business needs for 100%. Directual platform is an ideal choice for such internal apps!
The tutorial is a live-workshop. It consists of a few steps. The total time of the workshop is about 2 hours. Remember, that you can develop different features, having the tutorial just as an example.
The tutorial covers the essential topics of developing on Directual:
Moreover, you’ll find a new free template on the app management page in the platform.
Thank you for reading! Feel free to reach the Directual team — we are always happy to chat with the Makers!
Software development roadmaps are used by product and engineering teams to provide a high-level view of the software development process. Software roadmaps visualize the short- and long-term solutions and initiatives needed to stay ahead of the market and deliver new features.
Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. At a glance, Trello tells you what's being worked on, who's working on what, and where things are in the process.
Actually, Trello is a great kanban board, indeed! However there are a few downsides, including low level of business logic customization. You can barely setup a role-based access model, automatic actions and notifications. To achieve that, you'll need to use no-code for kanban boards.
Yes, anyone can create a roadmap that is 100% adapted to their business needs. Directual is the ideal choice for such internal applications and much more!
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