How to Use the Treeview

How to Use the Treeview

Chisel’s treeview gives users an easy way to go about and rate the various features that they are working on and thinking of adding to their product.

Determining what features or initiatives should be prioritized in your products can be a daunting task.  Using Chisel’s treeview can help make the process more collaborative and efficient. It also aims at helping you to get back to crafting amazing products. 

Features and Components

In Chisel, your project is divided into smaller groups: components and features. 

Features can be any small task or initiative with a specific end goal in mind. 

Components are groups of features that are related or have similar goals. 

In order to add a feature to your product you first need to add a component. 

To add a component click on the plus button next to your project and a textbox will appear. Thereby giving you the opportunity to enter the name of the component.

In order to save the component press enter key on your keyboard. If you wish to add more components simply keep putting them into the product and pressing enter.

Once you are done entering components simply click off the textbox.

The process for adding a feature is identical to adding a component. But instead of clicking the plus button next to the product, click the plus button next to the component.  

Once you enter the features you want for your product into the treeview you can rate them, and organize them into a specific release. Also, see at a glance what still needs to be done in order for a feature to be finished.

Categories in Treeview

The treeview section is divided into four categories. These columns are: ‘Prioritization’, ‘Schedule’, ‘More…’, ‘All Columns’.

If you want to add the prioritization drivers go to the ‘Prioritization’ column.

If scheduling releases and kanban statuses are your goals, click on the ‘Schedule’ column.

The ‘More…’ column stores your ‘Objectives‘ and ‘Dependencies‘.

To get a birds-eye view of all your columns at once, click on the ‘All Columns’.

Rating Features and Prioritization Score

Any feature in Chisel can be rated along with a few different categories:

Customer Value, Customer Reach, Revenue, and Effort.  These four different categories make up a composite prioritization score that can be used to judge features against one another at a glance.

Customer Value is a rating based on how useful an individual feature will be for the end-user. 

Customer Reach is a rating based on how useful an individual feature will be for customer acquisition. 

Revenue is a rating based on how impactful an individual feature will be on profits for your organization. 

The effort is a score that is based on the amount of time in person-days a task will take to complete.

In order to assign a value for Customer Value, Customer Reach, and Revenue just click on the bubble corresponding to the rating for the category.

In order to assign a rating for effort click on the corresponding effort drop down and click on an effort value that you feel is appropriate for the feature.

The aggregate score formula can be adjusted if you feel that one category is more important than the rest.  

In order to see this difference click on the Score text at the top of the column and a side panel will appear letting you adjust the values.

Once you rate all the features in a component, an average customer value, customer reach, revenue, effort score, and aggregate score will be calculated for the entire component.


Chisel also supports letting you add various objectives that you feel are important, giving you the ability to compare various features and components against each other at a glance.

In order to add an objective click on the objective text at the top of the section and a side panel will appear giving you the option to add, delete, or hide various objectives.

In order to hide an objective click on the toggle corresponding to the objective, you want to hide.

Take note of how once the Increase Engagement was toggled off the objective was hidden from view in the treeview.

In order to add an objective click on the “Add another objective” button.  Once you do a text box will appear giving you the ability to type in the name of the objective and save it.  

In order to delete an objective, you can simply click on the trash button that corresponds to a specific feature.  

Once you have the objectives that you want you can rate a feature by either clicking on the plus button if the feature has not been rated or the old score.

Once you do a field will appear giving you the option to assign a score that you feel is appropriate.

If you have assigned a score and want to delete it you can do by clicking on the column corresponding to the objective and a side panel will appear.

Note: Click here to know more about using objectives.


In addition to Objectives, Chisel also supports releases letting you easily plan when you want certain releases to be and what features you want in those releases.  

The adding, hiding, and deleting releases are identical to adding objectives.  In fact, the only difference between releases is how you assign a feature to a release.  

In order to assign a feature to a release simply click the checkbox that corresponds to a specific feature.

Note: Discover more about releases here.


Chisel also supports adding overarching tasks that need to be completed for each project.  Adding and deleting features are done the same way as they are done in Objectives and Releases.  The main difference between tasks and the other two is that tasks do not support hiding a task and the way you update a feature in relation to a task is different.

In order to update a task for a specific feature click on the corresponding feature and a dropdown will appear letting you select the correct status for the tasks.

Feature Side Panel

In addition to all the aforementioned functionality of features and the treeview, features in Chisel are even more powerful thanks to the feature side panel.  

The feature side panel gives users the ability to add start and end deadlines for features, assign certain members of your team to a feature, add labels, attach documents that may be useful, and see how a feature was scored in all categories at a glance.

At the top of the sidebar, there is a text field where you can enter a description if you chose to not add one earlier or change an existing description.  

In order to enter a description click the text field and write the description then click save.

In order to assign people to a feature click on the people button on the right and a popup will appear with a list of people in your organization.

Once the popup appears simply click on the person you want to assign to the feature.

In order to add a label click on the tag on the side.

Once you do that a popup will appear either letting you add a preexisting label or create a new label.

Creating a new label just requires choosing a color you want with a title that you like and then clicking on the ‘Create label’ button.

In order to add the timeline (start date and end date) for a feature, you can either click the top calendar or the start date in the panel for the start date or the bottom calendar or end date for the end date.

Once you do click either of them a calendar will appear letting you select the dates that correspond to your start or end date.

Then simply click save and the start or end date will be saved.

Note: To get an in-depth understanding of how you can perform various actions using the feature side panel tool, click here.