I have played around with the Timeline view some and think it could use at least one important update to greatly improve the utility of it.
Currently, the timeline view always puts the text of the entity inside the element that is shown on the timeline for it. This almost never works out well for a roadmap that is going to be viewed at varying levels of date granularity, and every roadmapping tool I’ve come across provides an option to put the text outside the element.
For example, here is an excerpt of a roadmap we have in Roadmunk:
If this was in Fibery, it would say “Critical Po…” instead of “Critical Post Release Bugs” and “Opti…” instead of “Optimize Filter Bar”. If product teams are going to use Fibery for managing roadmaps, then the roadmaps need to be more readable without direct interaction. Many of our roadmaps we’ll take screenshots of and share them in meeting slides, which just wouldn’t be an effective use case at the moment.
Notion recently released a timeline view and they have a different solution of greying out the text that overflows the element, but not sure how well this works in practice.
Truncated text in current Timeline view:
More Options for Improving Readability:
- Allow customizing the view to increase the height of the element to at least 2 lines
- Minimize the padding a bit within the element
- Adjust the font size up or down
- Improve the display when you are showing more than just the name of the entity (See screenshot below)
Showing multiple points of information in Fibery: