10 Tips for Creating an Agile Product Roadmap

Roman Pichler

Whenever you are faced with an agile, dynamic environment—be it that your product is young and is experiencing significant change or that the market is dynamic with new competitors or technologies introducing change, you should work with a goal-oriented product roadmap, sometimes also referred to as theme-based. Goal-oriented roadmaps focus on goals or objectives like acquiring customers, increasing engagement, and removing technical debt. 8 Make your Roadmap Measurable.

7 Ways of Creating and Sustaining an Agile Product Roadmap

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By Ellen Gottesdiener – Product Roadmaps Are Necessary for Product Success A product roadmap visually depicts how your product will evolve over time to realize your product vision and achieve continual value for your customers and business. (I

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Book review: “Product Roadmaps Relaunched”

bpma ProductHub

How would you assess your own roadmapping process? A new book, Product Roadmaps Relaunched, could help you re-think and re-launch your approach to Product Roadmapping. The 11-chapters are a master class on product roadmapping, and is supported by 65+ interviews from real practitioners. The book walks readers through the whole roadmapping process, step by step. What do people struggle with most developing roadmaps? “A

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Making Roadmaps More Agile

Johanna Rothman

Last August, back at the Agile 2018 conference, I had a chance to record a podcast with Howard Sublett. We spoke about Making Roadmaps More Agile. I hope you enjoy Making Roadmaps More Agile. The post Making Roadmaps More Agile appeared first on Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant. MPD product ownership agile agile roadmap flow efficiency lean

How to Package and Price Embedded Analytics

Teams of agile developers race along the product. roadmap to deliver new features, but often wait until the last minute to decide how to price these features. toward consensus and your product roadmaps toward monetization. HOW TO PACKAGE & PRICE EMBEDDED ANALYTICS.

Product Roadmaps in Five Easy Pieces

Mind the Product

so my investor said that I need a product manager to do our product roadmap?”. When I worked as a product management consultant clients would often talk about “needing a product roadmap ASAP”. In reality, asking for a product roadmap was shorthand for “please help me with my strategy”.

What Does the Agile Roadmapping Process Look Like in Practice?

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In today’s article, we’ll discuss the agile roadmapping process. We’ll start by reviewing the objectives of roadmaps and planning for agile teams, then share some special considerations for agile roadmaps. From there, we’ll walk you through the agile roadmapping process step by step. Decades before agile’s inception, Dwight D. Why Agile Teams Need A Product Roadmap.

True North: Managing Long-Term Roadmap Needs with Agility

Pragmatic Marketing

Everyone wants to see the product roadmap. So, how do you reconcile the needs of projecting a long-term product plan with the reality of a constantly changing market, especially when you use an agile approach like scrum? Agile Loves Roadmaps and Plans. Agile and scrum don’t discourage the creation of a product roadmap. To quote the agile guru Mary Poppendieck: “Agile hates plans, but loves planning.”. Managing the unknown requires agility.

The “Why” Behind Your Product Roadmap

bpma ProductHub

By Don Stoddard – In the very best companies, roadmaps support key objectives with very specific measures impacting the business. Roadmaps are great at showing a direction, but they often don’t tell the story of “why.” The vast majority of product roadmaps move the product in a positive direction, but desired results are only achieved if there is clarity around where it is taking you, and why. You can also link the product roadmap to your objectives.

Why Product Managers Should Slot Feature Flags into Their Agile Roadmap

AB Tasty

It’s easy to lose your way when building an Agile roadmap. If you get too detailed with your planning, you end up building a roadmap that is Agile in name alone but looks more like a traditional Waterfall roadmap.

Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

The Product Roadmap and the Release Plan

Roman Pichler

It’s a type of project plan —albeit an agile one—and it usually covers the next three to six months. What is a Product Roadmap? A product roadmap communicates how a product is likely to evolve across several major releases. Unlike the release plan, it is a product plan that looks beyond an individual project or release: It describes the journey you want to take your product on over the next 12 months or so—much like a roadmap helps you plan a road trip.

Agile Product Management – You Asked, We Answered

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General Use of Agile – My perception is that Agile is being? How extensively is Agile being used for non-software products? Agile, which is really empirical process control, has been embraced well beyond the software world. Campbell Soup recently used agile strategies to launch a new Epic Crunch Goldfish cracker in nine months, much more quickly than usual.” You can read about it here: Are You Agile Enough for Agile Management?

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Roadmaps vs. Agile Development?

Product Culture

I've never felt there was an inherent conflict between using an agile approach to development and having a high-level roadmap. I'll be leading a workshop on roadmapping with an agile bent at the MVP Conference in Arlington, VA May 18-19. I had a great conversation with Elliot Volkman about agile approaches to roadmapping, as a warm up to the conference. Agile Events Roadmaps

Scaled Agile – Why? When? How?

Modus Create

Agile at Scale, or Scaled Agile, is all the rage! When and who should implement Scaled Agile? Scaled Agile is a way for organizations with many teams to plan, coordinate, and track work on large initiatives. In this blog post, we’ll review why, when, and how organizations should consider adopting Scaled Agile. Why are so many organizations considering the move to Scaled Agile? When should you consider Scaled Agile?

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5 Product Traps - And Better Paths

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Is your agile team overloaded with feature requests, with no time for discovery? Do your roadmaps read like impossible wish lists? Well, you’re not alone. It may seem impossible now, but what if we said that with a few changes, you could be meeting deadlines with the ability to predict progress with accuracy, be happy with your progress against the roadmap, and be making time for near-continuous discovery? Johanna Rothman has seen this all too often across many different organizations. She will take us through five common traps that agile product teams fall into – and likely you are in several of those traps right now. And good news - she has ways to avoid them!

7 Product Roadmap Tools to Kickstart 2020

Userpilot

Roadmapping is a crucial part of every product manager’s role, but it’s safe to say a lot of PMs don’t particularly enjoy it. Luckily, there are some excellent product roadmap tools out there to help make it more bearable. The product roadmap tools we’re going to look at are: Wrike.

Alternatives for Agile and Lean Roadmapping: Part 7, Summary

Johanna Rothman

If you want to take advantage of agile approaches for maximum innovation and speed, consider these ideas: Consider using the term, feature sets , related features that produce value, instead of epics or themes. To be honest, if you are using agile approaches to manage change to the product and to incorporate feedback, I’m not sure how you can plan for a quarter. Roadmap? Then I said the PO can’t do all the roadmap and backlog planning/refinement alone.

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What does the agile roadmapping process look like in practice?

The Product Coalition

Decades before agile’s inception, Dwight D. But in the context of planning, agile software development practitioners are wise to take Eisenhower’s words to heart. “In Eisenhower Why agile teams need a product roadmap There are many discussions out there on both the importance of, and lack of importance of agile product roadmaps. I am a firm believer that an agile product roadmap is an important document for all agile teams.

Alternatives for Agile and Lean Roadmapping: Part 1, Think in Feature Sets

Johanna Rothman

Many teams and organizations try to create one-quarter roadmaps. Now, for time-based one-quarter roadmapping, count the number of stories a team can deliver in 12 weeks. Part 3: Flow-Based Roadmapping. MPD product ownership agile agile program management agile roadmap discovery estimation feature set lean valueHere are the problems I see: Teams spend a ton of time estimating what they might do and then they select what will fit into a quarter.

Alternatives for Agile and Lean Roadmapping: Part 3, Flow-Based Roadmapping

Johanna Rothman

Consider lean roadmapping where we intend to pull work instead of iteration-based roadmapping where it’s too easy to push work. This roadmap looks a little different because it’s scope-based as opposed to time-based, and it shows our uncertainty. The big picture roadmap is not sufficient for detailed planning. That’s where the one-quarter roadmap is useful. (If We can use agile approaches to change what we do and when.

Creating Good Roadmaps: 6 Practical Steps for Product Leaders

Mind the Product

Much has been written about the process of creating product roadmaps, not least the six great articles written by my own team. I believe the actions of a product leader all too often are the root cause of a “bad” roadmap. Without thoughtful leadership around them, it may not be in product manager’s gift to achieve a “good” roadmap. I would define a good roadmap as one that the team understands and feels ownership over. A Product Leader’s Role in Roadmapping.

How bad Ideas get on the Roadmap

Mind the Product

The only part of it that ever made me cringe was when a question about the product roadmap caught me flat-footed: “Why is this on the roadmap?”. “Oh, It’s been on the roadmap for a while, but I’m not sure we’ll actually get to it…”. “Oh, So how do we all get to that point where we have caveats against multiple items on the product roadmap – and more importantly what do we do to mitigate it?

How Product Marketing Roadmaps Drive Sales | Shifting Market, Shifting Strategy | Agile: We’ve Come Full Circle

Proficientz

This month we explore the value of a product marketing roadmap to sales. It’s not a staple in most B2B organizations but it’s just as important to your near-term revenue as a product roadmap is to your longer-term growth. We also look in the rear-view mirror at Agile and discuss what’s changed and what hasn’t along with tips for dealing with flat growth and shifting market conditions. Agile Development: What’s Changed and What Hasn’t?

5 Tips to Creating a Meaningful Product Roadmap

The Product Coalition

As any PM knows, the creation of a product roadmap is no small task. The roadmap needs to convey not only your long term product vision… Continue reading on Product Coalition ». product-development product-roadmap stakeholder-management agile product-management

Making Product Roadmaps Like You Mean It

The Product Coalition

Every software team out there uses some sort of planning system or tool to do product roadmaps and sprint plans, and yet many are unhappy with the tools, or frustrated at the lack of getting things done, or getting “pointless” things done, and the list goes on. Planning to Plan?

Alternatives for Agile and Lean Roadmapping: Part 6, Managers Want Commitments

Johanna Rothman

You’ve discussed flow-based roadmapping as a way to create MVPs and MVEs, release smaller value more often so you can make better decisions. You know you need more feedback and resilience in your project/program, so you’ve created a product value team to reassess the roadmap on a regular basis. If you work at a place new to agile approaches, work on streamlining the releases so you always release once a month. (I Part 3: Flow-Based Roadmapping.

3 Agile Transformation OKRs Leaders Can Use to Avoid Wrecking Ship

Agile Velocity

The leaders and change agents we meet are eager to ensure their Agile transformation avoids hitting rocks or running aground. We aim to address those obstacles in this article by offering three Agile transformation OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) for you to consider.

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An Outcomes-Driven Approach To Business Agility

Agile Velocity

A free, 1-hour webinar on the Path to Agility® – Introducing a simple yet powerful way to profoundly better outcomes. See firsthand how Path to Agility makes sense of Agile transformations. Business leaders have seen enough to believe that agility is the path to better business results. That’s a powerful promise and explains why Agile is attractive. So attractive, in fact, that it’s hard to find a company today that doesn’t claim it’s agile or going agile.

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How To Create Kick-Ass Product Roadmaps (Spoiler Alert: There are 3 types of Roadmaps)

The Product Coalition

3 Different Types of Roadmaps Every PM Needs to Master Roadmapping is not easy. Every company demands different types of Roadmaps, and every PM has their own flavour. Here is a step by step process to create roadmaps so you can influence anyone in your company like a true Jedi. So what is Product Roadmap? A product roadmap is a tool used by PM’s to communicate the what and the why of a product. Your roadmap is used across the whole product lifecycle.

Alternatives for Agile and Lean Roadmapping: Part 5, the Product Value Team

Johanna Rothman

POs on one product who have different areas of a product need to work together to create a coherent roadmap for that product. As the teams complete features, each PO updates their roadmap and the next backlog in whatever form they desire. And, when things change or when it’s time to replan the roadmap, the PVT gets together to plan. The PVT doesn’t work as an agile feature team with the same kind of backlog and ceremonies. Part 3: Flow-Based Roadmapping.

Alternatives for Agile and Lean Roadmapping: Part 2, Rolling Wave Planning Inside One Quarter

Johanna Rothman

Because features change in value and because some feature sets need to deliver value on a more regular basis, the real roadmap looks more like this graphic, “When the Agile Roadmap Changes.” They noted MVPs and demos on their roadmap—a new idea for them. Note that there are no stories specified for the fourth week and there is nothing else on the roadmap for past the fourth week. They used their big roadmap to talk about months, not quarters.

Roadmaps are still required in Agile. Here’s how to make them work.

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Agile teams often view product roadmaps as an extra step that slows down the agile process. However, if you take a closer look at the Agile Manifesto, you realize that many of the principles are achievable with a product roadmap. Your agile product roadmap simply has to be different than the ones used by organizations that follow waterfall or other product development frameworks.

True North: Managing Long-Term Roadmap Needs with Agility

Pragmatic Marketing

Everyone wants to see the product roadmap. So how do you reconcile the need for a long-term product plan with the reality of a constantly changing market, especially when you use an agile approach like scrum? Agile Loves Roadmaps and Plans. Agile and scrum don’t discourage the creation of a product roadmap. To quote the agile guru Mary Poppendieck: “Agile hates plans but loves planning.”

Alternatives for Agile and Lean Roadmapping: Part 4, Resilience, Prediction, & Feedback

Johanna Rothman

Does your roadmap look more like the changed-feature roadmap where features vary in value and arrival? If you are using agile approaches to see the product progress, but you can predict everything because you already know how to do this work, terrific. Part 3: Flow-Based Roadmapping. MPD product ownership agile agile program management agile roadmap discovery estimation feature set feedback flow lean rolling wave planning value

If You Are Doing Experimentation, Do You Need a Roadmap?

Split

“ We’re agile, so we don’t need a product roadmap. ”. In an increasingly agile world, I’ve heard this statement and variations of it time and time again. Organizations implementing agile methods often struggle to see how and where a long-term strategy fits in while working under a philosophy built on uncertainty. At first, roadmapping and agile product management seem more different than alike. Why Agile Teams Need Strategic Product Roadmaps. “In

Product Roadmaps: Love, Hate (& Hate)

The Product Coalition

If I could pick one thing to kill because of the problems it causes, roadmaps might very well be at the top of the list. And it’s not that I don’t like roadmaps, or at least the principle of a product roadmaps. Communication: A roadmap is a communication device.

The Problem with Long-Term Roadmaps

The Product Coalition

Spanning up to 24 months of planned features and functionality, long-term roadmaps are a conventional staple in development offices. and roadmaps keep your software on track. Here, we explain the problem plaguing long-term roadmaps. The logic behind long-term roadmaps Planning is a good thing. This is the thinking behind the long-term roadmap. So, in theory, having long-term roadmaps for your software product is a good idea.

Announcing Agile 2.0.0 – The Newest and Bestest Agile Ever

Modus Create

Modus is pleased to announce Agile 2.0.0 We have taken agile to the power of two by applying Agile to Agile, and eliminating all the waste in software development. We are so taken with this new version of Agile that our entire team has collaborated on this article using modern Agile 2.0.0 Those things always get in the way, so Agile 2.0.0 It’s important in Agile 2.0.0 So Agile 2.0.0 Agile 2.0.0 With Agile 2.0.0,

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What is a Product Roadmap?

Gainsight

A product roadmap is a high-level, visual representation of the direction your product offering will take over time. A good product roadmap will provide your colleagues and stakeholders with the “why” behind your product and should serve the following purposes: Lay out the overarching strategy. Maps are a fundamental part of our lives therefore, a product roadmap isn’t exactly a new concept. Executive-level product roadmaps. Internal product roadmaps for sales.