Feature status is the primary way to monitor the progress of features from new idea through launch in productboard. It offers a high-level overview of what phase each feature is in.
But it's often helpful to go one level deeper, tracking the status of individual tasks that must be done before a feature can be planned, worked on, or launched.
That's where task fields come in.
Task fields are useful for tracking common tasks that apply to many (but not necessarily all) of your features — e.g. Product brief, Final designs, Release notes, Marketing collateral. Since each of these tasks are often owned by different teammates, they're often worked on in parallel.
Note that the status of a task (e.g. Product brief = In progress) is independent of the feature's overarching status (e.g. Product discovery). So there's not yet a way to automatically update feature status based on the status of any of its task fields.
Customizing task status values
You can now customize the status values that can be assigned to each task and the colors associated with them.
- For a Specification task column: Req gathering, In progress, Presented, Complete
- For a Prototype task column: Not started, Research, Design, Critique, Complete
- For a Documentation task column: Sync w/ PM, In progress, Review, Complete
Special task fields are created when you set up an integration with a delivery planning tool like Jira, Trello, Pivotal Tracker, or GitHub issues. They allow you to push a feature into the integrated solution, and track its status right from within productboard.
- There is not yet a way to automatically update the overarching feature status based on the status of its associated issue / card in an integrated development planning tool, which is only reflected in the task field for now.