Once you have a good amount of feedback in Canny, you'll start to see popular requests emerge. Those top requests will help you inform your roadmap. With Canny Roadmap Prioritization, you can weigh in other factors important to your business.
To access Roadmap Prioritization in Canny, head to the Roadmap tab in your admin view:
This is where you'll be able to:
Score based on custom impact factors to weigh in important values
Adjust the formula by assigning different weights to each factor
Inform your team on the most impactful things to work on
We've written a blog post about how the Canny team prioritizes.
We've created your first Roadmap for you. Teams often have their own goals. Using separate Roadmaps means you can prioritize accordingly.
We recommend creating separate Roadmaps per team to keep things organized. For agile teams, you may also choose to have separate Roadmaps per sprint so you can start with a clean slate each time.
Adding posts to your roadmap
The first thing you'll want to do is add posts to your roadmap.
From the feedback view
On the right side of any post, you can send it to select roadmaps.
From the roadmap
In the roadmap view, the last row says "Add new post". By default, Canny will prompt you to create a new post in the select board. Alternatively, you can choose an existing post.
Bear in mind that posts will be public or private depending on the board selected. So, if you'd like a post to be internal-only, create it on a private board.
From the roadmap header
Just like creating a new post from the feedback view, you can do so from the roadmap view.
Roadmap Factors and Scoring
Each post's score is determined by the Factors involved and the weight assigned to each. Factors can be anything your team wants to weigh into prioritization. For example: impact, reach, potential revenue, etc.
Every Roadmap can have its own factors and weights. To modify a roadmap's scoring, click on the gear icon in the score column.
You'll be presented with this scoring modal where you can add new impact factors:
By default, you'll see a Votes impact factor. This factor cannot be deleted. If you would like to exclude votes from the final score, you can set the weight of the Votes factor to 0.
You can manually create a field for "impact" and score it, or you can include fields that are automatically updated.
Votes from paying customers
Anything with numeric values can be factored in (including custom fields). This is a huge benefit over spreadsheets where values are constantly going stale. With these fields, you can be more confident in the impact different features can have.
To add these new fields to your prioritization, head to your admin roadmap tab and hit the gear icon next to "score" and configure new impact factors.
Factor types will be specified upon creation and cannot be modified after the formula is saved. The weight of each factor can be adjusted at any time.
You can view a detailed breakdown of the math behind the final score here.
Roadmap prioritization is available on all Canny plans!
Things to know:
If you are using admin roles, teammates with the "Contributor" role do not have access to the roadmapping/prioritization tool. Let us know if you have any questions!