Product launches

Product launches are cross-functional efforts. When executed well, your product becomes more valuable for existing users and you have the opportunity to increase your reach. By planning your launches in Asana, you enable easy coordination across product, marketing, engineering, and customer support to make sure your launch is a true success.

Follow along with the article to build your own product launch project, and take a look at other resources directly below.

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How to create a product launch project

  1. Create a new project and name it “Product Launches.” Add the project to a public team so it is visible to the entire Organization.
  2. Add sections based on release timing (e.g., month, quarter, sprint cycle) or priority level, as well as a backlog and reference sections.
  3. Create custom fields by clicking the blue Add Custom Fields link at the top of your project. You can use custom fields to note the feature name, launch size (small, medium, large), percent of users with the feature, type of launch, and more.
  4. Create a task template that the product team will duplicate for each upcoming product release. Name the task “Duplicate me - Product launch template.” Add subtasks and assign them to the appropriate teammate for each new product release. When copying the task:
    • Keep the followers of the template task
    • Fill in the task description (shipping schedule, overview of functionality, etc.)
    • Add a due date (even if it’s an estimate)
    • Move the task to the appropriate section of the product launch project
    • Fill out custom fields
  5. In the task template, there should also be subtasks for different teams’ plans. You can use sections in subtasks as well by typing a colon at the end of a task name:
    • Marketing
      • Launch messaging
      • Blog post and social promotion
      • Write help content
    • Product/engineering:
      • Confirm feature name
      • Review help content
      • Finalize launch date
      • Final QA
  6. Invite members from other teams to the project. Teammates will be notified in their Inbox when tasks are created in the project so they can stay updated on product changes.
  7. When product ships, complete the task and celebrate!

Want to skip the setup? Premium users can create a project with our product launch template in Asana.

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Tips for managing your product launch project

Plan and manage your launch with Timeline

With lots of cross-team collaboration in preparation for a launch, you can use Timeline to make the project schedule clear. Timeline shows you task start and due dates, as well as dependencies so you can ensure that there are no gaps or conflicts. To make sure you ship on time, use Timeline to make sure everything is on track and adjust along the way.

Use dependencies

With lots of cross-team collaboration in preparation for a launch, you can use dependencies in Asana to mark tasks as dependent on one another. When the first task is completed, the assignee of the dependent task will be notified so they can begin work. For example, you could mark “Launch messaging” as waiting on “Confirm feature name” to make sure both marketing and product teams are using the same terminology. This will make for a smooth launch that’s on track!

Keep track of multiple launches with Portfolios

Many product teams have multiple launches happening at once. Instead of trying to keep tabs on all launches separately, product managers can create a project portfolio to see the real-time status, priority, deadlines, and owners of all launches in one view. This helps you easily spot when something might be off track and save time trying to hunt down information about how each launch is going.

Convert a task to project

If a launch becomes too big for a task, convert the task to a project from the task actions menu. Keep a reference task in the launches roadmap project that links to the new project so the launch is accounted for in your roadmap.

Keeping track of your product launch plans in Asana will ensure your team is prepared to take a product or feature to market. Your entire team will know where to look for upcoming product releases, and real-time changes to the launch schedule.

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