Items are the building blocks of a roadmap. They're the "things" or individual records of data that you're roadmapping.
The most common items that you'll roadmap are your organization's initiatives, projects, and product features. If you're working in agile, you'll most likely roadmap sprints, epics, or stories as well. In Roadmunk, items can be just about anything that you want to roadmap.
In addition to adding items to a roadmap from scratch, you can import items from a CSV file or from JIRA. In just a few minutes, your roadmap data is in Roadmunk and you're ready to start visualizing.
To get started adding items to your roadmap, go to Create and import items.
Fields in Roadmunk do more than contain item data. To understand how fields work, it helps to think of them as categories or attributes that you can use to organize, group, filter, and pivot roadmap data in different ways.
All roadmaps in Roadmunk start out with three default fields: Items, Description, and Date. All other fields used by your roadmaps are custom fields created for your organization's Roadmunk account. The quickest and easiest way to view and work with fields is the Items Table, which provides a tabular view of the items in a roadmap.
Because fields are key to how you can filter, pivot and therefore visualize data, careful thought should be given to the fields you create and use in your roadmaps. It helps to ask, "Who am I presenting this data to? What perspective do I need to present the data from? What field(s) do I need to use to do that?"
Fields in Roadmunk "belong" to the Roadmunk account and not to any one roadmap. This means the same field can be used by any roadmap in the account. Sharing fields across roadmaps not only avoids duplication. It allows for consistency in field nomenclature and roadmap structure, which facilitates cross-roadmap alignment and, ultimately, alignment across your entire organization.
Views in Roadmunk are the different ways of visualizing the same roadmap data. Having multiple views allows you to create different versions of your roadmap, each one showing the right data to the right audience in the right way.
When you create a view, you pick the type of visualization you want (Timeline or Swimlane), set up and apply filters, and select fields for the headers and other pivots. In just a few seconds, you have a beautiful roadmap tailored to a specific audience and ready to present with confidence.
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