More granular than the Dashboard, the Checklist allows you to track ownership and the actual components of a single launch
To guarantee a successful launch, the Checklist allows you to build a launch checklist that aligns everyone around the launch campaigns, internal enablement and required customer support initiatives. Ideally, this component keeps you from wasting time on duplicative work and chasing down deliverables.
The Checklist is made up of four components – Tasks, Description, Due (Date) and Owner. Tasks should include all items needed to launch the product. This extends beyond the build of the product and includes all customer touch points. You’ll want to include the full lifecycle of the launch from inception to internal enablement and beyond. The description field is open text and allows you to add notes, comments and/or questions to the tasks. Due is the date when the task should be completed, and the Owner is the individual responsible for that task.
If a task has not been completed by the set due date, a Past Due status indicator will appear.
Users in Launch Management will receive a notification when assigned a task. The email will come from firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line stating New Task Assigned to you on (Name of Your Launch). The user will see themselves as the owner of the task, the task name and a hyperlink to the launch checklist.
You're able to organize your Checklist via Sections. This feature allows you to arrange your Checklist based on teams, stages, desired outcomes or anything you deem helpful! Sections are flexible and you can have one or many. The Checklist below has sections divided based on Pre-Launch, Launch Day and Post-Launch.
To begin, you’ll click + Add a Task and fill in the necessary fields. The task owners will need to be licensed ProductPlan users. The task owners can be either an editor or viewer. Even with the viewer permission, the task owner will be able to update the status of the tasks they own. We want all deliverable owners to share responsibility for keeping the Checklist up to date.
You’ll want to keep tasks at a level that is fully deliverable. For example, a blog post title or image is not a full task. The totality of the blog post is a proper task. This also gives the responsible party an ownership and discernment to determine what is necessary for that deliverable to be successful.
Once the task is completed, you’ll be able to mark it complete by clicking the box to the left of the task. If you need to delete a task, click the three ellipses at the right hand side of the line. Tasks will inform the Progress column on the Dashboard. Progress is automatically updated based on the number of completed tasks. If your launch has 10 tasks in total with five marked as resolved, the progress column will show 50 percent complete.
Tasks and sections can both be moved. Tasks can be moved to different sections, and sections can be rearranged on the Checklist page. Checklist enables you to manage the launch strategy rather than the minutia. You can keep stakeholders in the loop while assigning deliverable responsibilities to the correct party. This lives alongside your roadmap and feature details.
On this page, you’ll notice two additional components of Launch Management – About the Launch and Features in the Launch. About the Launch gives an overview of the launch with the Description, Launch Date and Status. Features in the Launch will show the roadmap and Feature connection.