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We'll be updating our Product Roadmap periodically. You'll also find below guidelines for prioritizing features and projects as well as a template for new projects.
Roadmap September 2019 - January 2020

New Project Page

In response to your feedback, we've made some big improvements to the design and functionality of Project pages (and individual and organization profiles too).
  • Owner: Pia
  • Status: v1 Shipped 09-23-2019
  • Metric(s):
    • Related complaints and support requests
    • Fewer people contacting us instead of projects
    • Conversions to contribution flow
    • Increasing one-time donations
    • More custom tiers
    • How many Projects use customization options
    • Page load time

Homepage Redesign

We are re-focusing on projects that want to manage funds through the platform and we are re doing our homepage accordingly.
  • Owner: Xavier
  • Status: In Progress
  • Launch: October
  • Metrics:
    • Projects create from homepage
    • Page load time
    • Clarity of message (qualitative) - we feel confident about

Onboarding Flow & Business Model

  • Owner: Xavier
  • Status: Researching
  • Launch: TBD
  • Metrics
    • More self-hosted and unhosted Projects created
    • Increase per-Project revenue

Expense Flow Redesign:

  • Issue
  • Owner: Alanna (and Pia)
  • Status: Design
  • Implementation: End of October
  • Metrics:
    • More expenses filed
    • Less support requests
    • Less host admin time spent
    • Way fewer issues with invoices (fewer expense comments)
    • Use of the new features (ex batch expenses)

Key questions for prioritization

This is what we ask ourselves to decide what gets done and what doesn't.
  • Does this serve our mission?
  • Will this make us financially sustainable within a year?
  • Is it feasible to build and maintain with our team and runway?
  • Can this make us move faster?
  • Does this increase quality and not technical debt?
  • Will this bring us more Project and financial contributors?
  • Is this already solved elsewhere or is it our unique contribution?
  • Can we measure the success of this?

Template for new projects

  • Github issue
    • explain the feature.
    • Link to other opened issues or data.
    • Include details below.
  • Kickoff
    • Organize a special meeting or on a scheduled one.
  • Project owner.
    • Role: Facilitator, decision-maker, producer.
    • It's ultimately responsible for (needs to do or organize who does)
      • Delivery
      • Q&A
      • Docs & Comms
      • Post-ship plan for maintenance
  • Success metric(s)
  • Timeframe - kickoff and delivery, main milestones / roadmap