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Most recent product updates and improvements

Updated October 3, 2023

December 2023

🖼️  Project and portfolio images - Now you can personalize any project or portfolio by setting a thumbnail image. Choose from a gallery of default images or upload your own!

🚥  Project list improvements
- We’ve enhanced the project list view with skimmable indicators of project status and state, making it easier to know what’s happening across your portfolio at a glance. Visit any portfolio and click the Projects tab to see what’s new.

⬆️ Bulk import improvements
- We’ve added a Resolution States field to bulk imports so you can easily indicate which projects have already been off-ramped, completed, or terminated. You can also create custom fields for multiple projects at once by adding those fields as column headers in a CSV upload.

🕰️ Project field history
- Now any time someone makes changes to a project’s fields, those updates will appear in the Activity screen for that project. This will make it easier to track and contextualize project data over time.

📊 Improved portfolio visualization
- We’ve updated the portfolio page to more clearly showcase the number of projects in each stage. Easily see where projects are stalled so you can take action on what matters most.

November 2023

👉Nudge project members - Now you can request updates on any project in one click. Visit the projects tab of any portfolio, navigate to the Last Update column, and click “Send nudge” to remind project members to share their progress.

⏳Stage duration - We’ve added a Duration column to the projects table so you can easily see how many days projects have spent in their current stage. If you’ve set an expected duration for a stage, you will see actual/expected duration in the projects table. We also send a notification to sub-portfolio owners and project members when a project exceeds its expected stage duration.

🎉 Custom fields - Now org admins can create and manage custom fields for portfolios, sub-portfolios, and projects. To access your field settings, click the gear icon in the upper right corner of Productable. When you create a new field, you can customize the name, description, and field type to make it even easier to capture the data you need and stay on track.

Bulk project creation - You can now add multiple projects to Productable at the same time from within the app. Create a new project, click “Bulk Add Projects,” and fill in the name, description, stage, and start date for each one. Save time by clicking “Import CSV” to upload as many new projects as you want at once.

October 2023

🎨 Visual refresh - We’ve visually improved our software platform and website for the modern federal innovator. Read our announcement or check-out our 1-minute launch video to learn more.

📝 Feature renaming - To create a more intuitive experience, we’ve made the following changes to feature names in Productable: Ecosystems are now Portfolios, Portfolios are now sub portfolios, and Innovations are now Projects. This has not affected the functionality of these features in any way.

📣 Progress updates - Sometimes you need to let leaders and collaborators know what you’ve been working on without reporting barriers or wins. That’s where progress updates come in. Visit any project in Productable, click “New post,” and select “Progress update” to easily share the latest project news with your team.

🔀 Project movement - We’ve made portfolios in Productable even more flexible. Org admins can now move projects between portfolios to revise their existing project or portfolio setup, to better reflect a project’s evolution over time, or to align with organizational changes.

September 2023

👩🏻 New “Manager” role
- If you are an “Owner” of a Productable workspace, you can delegate responsibilities to other leaders in your organization by designating them as “Managers'' at the ecosystem or portfolio level. Just like owners, managers can create and update innovation projects. Unlike owners, they cannot make stage change decisions, delete projects and users, or control other sensitive settings.

✉️ Multi-invite - Now you can invite multiple people to your Productable workspace at once by visiting your member settings, clicking “Invite people,” and entering their email addresses separated by commas or newlines.

↩️ Undo option for org admins - Let’s say a portfolio owner mistakenly marks an innovation project as complete or off-ramped. Now, admins can reverse those actions by visiting any completed or off-ramped innovation project, navigating to the top right menu, and selecting “Undo completing innovation” or “Undo off-ramping innovation.”

⚙️ New settings UI - Ecosystem owners can now create and update stages and decision criteria at the ecosystem level. To make changes to your settings, click the gear icon at the top right of the ecosystem or portfolio page.

🏷 Custom portfolio role labels - We previously had custom labels for project owners and collaborators. Now you can set custom role labels for portfolio and ecosystem owners.

📊 Portfolio page redesign - Review portfolio performance at a glance with simple pipeline stage metrics, red/yellow/green status indicators, and more.

August 2023

🔔 In-app notifications
- You now will get alerts about new comments, mentions, stage changes, and more directly in your Productable workspace so you can quickly take action on what matters most.

📘 Blueprints (beta) - Empower confident problem solving across your organization with digital workbooks designed to help innovators advance their projects. To get started, visit an innovation project in Productable and click “Get started” next to any of the Stage Report questions.

📝 Draft mode - Now you can save your answers to stage report questions as drafts. When you’re ready to share your responses with decision-makers, click “Publish.”

July 2023

🪪 Add innovation members in fewer clicks
- When you create a new innovation, a modal will automatically pop up, making it easy to add team members without having to open your innovation settings.

🤝 Platform One email matching - If you attempt to log into Productable and do not yet have an account, we will display your Platform One login email so you can more easily request access to the platform.

🕵️ Barrier filters - Organize Barriers by “Theme,” “Importance,” “Resolved,” or “Unresolved” to easily prioritize your efforts and provide the right support at the right time.

🏷 Role labels - Now you can create custom role labels outside of the default “Innovation Member” and “Innovation Collaborator” options to further clarify who owns what. You can even designate multiple people as team leads to match how your team operates.

June 2023

❌ Confidence scores removal
- We’ve removed confidence scores from the stage report page in Productable. Why? We’re in the process of designing blueprints that will help innovators test the validity of new ideas, without the need for manual scoring. Stay tuned for more information!

🗃 Portfolio pipeline chart - View all of the projects across the portfolio, including metrics such as: number of projects are currently in the stage (and % of the entire portfolio), number of innovations that have passed to the next stage of maturity, and number of innovations that have been off-ramped and have completed

⏱ Portfolio stage duration chart - Visualize the average amount of days innovations are spending in each stage of maturity, helping identify patterns in where projects are getting stalled

📈 Portfolio dashboard metrics - (e.g. # of innovations, % off-ramped, average time in stage, average barrier duration)

🧑 Profile photo upload - Upload an image of your beautiful face to your profile by clicking on your initials in the lower left corner of the platform.

🗄 Portfolio kanban view - Manage your pipeline at a glance with the new kanban layout. Visit any portfolio and, under the innovations tab, select the kanban icon next to “Switch layout” to see all the innovation projects arranged by stage.

💰 Portfolio funding - Get a snapshot of innovation resourcing information with the new portfolio funding widget. See how much money you’ve allocated in the current fiscal year and how much is still available for further investments.

📊 Portfolio outcomes - Keep your innovation goals front and center with the new portfolio outcomes widget. Customize how you will measure progress, set a target completion date, and compare current vs. target metrics at any time.

🌗 Universal dark mode - Notice that new toggle in the upper right corner of Productable? Use it to turn dark mode on or off anytime, without having to change your system settings.

🔎 Smooth search UI - Find specific innovations, portfolios, ecosystems, and users in Productable in seconds. Simply click “Search” in the left navigation (or hit Ctrl/Cmd + K) to open a search modal and enter the name of what you’re looking for.

May 2023

🙋🏼 @Mentions
- Requesting a stage change for your innovation project or submitting a stage change decision? Tag other users in the “Details” field, and Productable will notify them automatically—so nothing slips through the cracks.

🔐 Magic Link log-in (for corporate users) - Forget your password? No problem! Password-less authentication, also known as magic link login, is a method of verifying a user’s identity without requiring a password. When you want to log in, enter your email address on the sign-in page. Productable will then send a unique, short-lived link over email. Click on that link in your email and this will automatically log you into Productable, bypassing the need for a password.

April 2023

✏️ Comment on Decision Criteria
- You can now have collaborative discussions within any particular Decision Criteria on your project page so you and your team can make progress faster! By default, you will receive email notifications when a new comment happens on a project you are assigned to (as an Innovation Member or Innovation Collaborate). Turn off notifications by clicking on the menu in the bottom left corner next to your name.

📘 Book a Blueprint session with Productable experts! - Getting stuck working through a particular Decision Criteria? Book a live working session with Productable’s methodology experts to get the data you need to progress your innovation. You even get a snazzy slide to upload to Productable after your session! Just click on the “Schedule Analysis” button to find a date/time that works best for you.

📂 File uploads - You can now attach files to Innovation details, Decision Criteria updates, Barriers, and Stage Change Requests so that your colleagues have contextual transparency into your progress!

About file uploads:

  • File size limit is 4mb
  • Max file count is 5 (per item)
  • Max filename length is 255 characters
  • Files with the following extensions are not allowed: .bat, .com, .dll, .exe, .msi, .csh, .sh, .apk, .cab