10 Tips for Creating an Agile Product Roadmap

Roman Pichler

Goal-oriented roadmaps focus on goals or objectives like acquiring customers, increasing engagement, and removing technical debt. To help you develop your agile product roadmap, I have created a goal-oriented roadmap template called the GO Product Roadmap.

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. Update your agile roadmap often.

7 Ways of Creating and Sustaining an Agile Product Roadmap

bpma ProductHub

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

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

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? 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.

The “Why” Behind Your Product Roadmap

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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.” You can also link the product roadmap to your objectives.

Book review: “Product Roadmaps Relaunched”

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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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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”.

5 Key Responsibilities of Agile Product Leaders

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What does product leadership look like in an agile context? For the product leaders supporting agile teams, it can be easy to get caught up in the routine of scrums , sprints, and standups. 5 Key Responsibilities of Agile Product Leaders. In an agile setting, the pace is faster.

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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.

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.

Making Sense of Planning in an Agile World

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“But we’re agile. ” If you’ve ever worked with an agile team, chances are you’ve heard this excuse. However, even agile teams need a disciplined approach to planning. What is Agile Planning? Agile Planning, Meet the Planning Onion.

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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.

Agile at Scale – Outcome Driven (or Broken)

Tyner Blain

Taking agile, a process otherwise optimized for small, cross-functional, collaborative teams and making it work at scale is fascinating. ” I’ve spent the last half-year in the beginning of my journey understanding how agile product management at scale can work.

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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. A Product Leader’s Role in Roadmapping.

5 Reasons to Organize Your Roadmap by Themes

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The goal of any roadmap, whether it’s a product roadmap, IT roadmap, or marketing roadmap, is to capture and communicate a high level strategy. But the product roadmap is not where these details should live. Rather, the roadmap should always remain high level and strategic. This is why your first step when roadmapping is determining the most important high-level objectives. In other words, the roadmap’s themes.

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.

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.

Why Technical Debt Roadmaps Don’t Work

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To understand the problem with technical debt roadmaps, we’ll start with a quote from renowned philosopher, Homer Simpson. When you create a dedicated roadmap for technical debt, you are removing the the problem from your immediate sight. In this article, we’ll discuss why technical debt roadmaps don’t work. What is a Technical Debt Roadmap? So they create a separate roadmap just to track the product’s technical debt.

What is a Product Roadmap?

Actuation Consulting

When you begin developing your product roadmap, you start to envision how your product strategy will actually be accomplished. The form your roadmap takes is largely dependent upon the expectations of your organization. Purpose of the Product Roadmap. Organizations commonly use roadmap deliverables as a visible measure of how efficient your product team is. Outline the market drivers that will drive deliverables on the roadmap.

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.

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. Part 3: Flow-Based Roadmapping.

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

Proficientz – Product Management University

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?

“Agile Coaching” Is Not the Goal

Johanna Rothman

I've met a number of agile coaches recently. Even though the client asked for agile coaching, that might not be what the client needs. Because consultants and coaches and agile approaches need to prove they offer value and find some quick wins.). It's not agile coaching.

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7 roadmap templates for creating organization-wide alignment & communication

Roadmunk

Roadmapping isn’t an exercise reserved solely for product teams—or rather, it shouldn’t be. Roadmaps are communication tools and are perfect vehicles for teams of all kinds to share their priorities and goals with the rest of the organization. The product roadmap. The HR roadmap.

Roadmaps vs. Agile Development?

Product Powers

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

Portfolio roadmaps

Under10 Playbook

Executives, sales people, and marketing leaders are often frustrated with the short-term focus in product management, particularly those using agile development methods. And that’s why they ask for a roadmap. A portfolio roadmap has become the preferred way to show delivery plans over time. Additionally, 20% of organizations reported relying primarily on tactical product roadmaps as the primary vehicle to align with their company’s business strategy.

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.

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.

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?

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.”

Sharing the roadmap

Under10 Playbook

A product or portfolio roadmap is a key tool in planning, looking beyond your current product deliverables to months and years ahead. But a roadmap can also be a helpful tool with sales people, prospects, and customers. If yes, then show the roadmap. Don’t show the roadmap.

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.

Is Agile Product Development Right for Your Team?

The Product Coalition

OK, everybody knows Agile is one of the best product methodologies out there. Well, for those who are unsure about what Agile Product Development means, this post will refresh their memory first. The true question is: is Agile product development right for your team?

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4 Principles for Building a Sustainable Roadmap

Craft.io

When you set out to plan a product roadmap, at first product managers often find themselves with more questions and doubts than decisions. Understanding the roadmap’s place in the product scheme. The roadmap is a critical stepping stone in the process of tangibilizing your vision.

How to Use Google’s OKR Framework to Prioritize Your Product Roadmap

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If you haven’t found the right objective goal-setting framework for setting roadmap priorities, consider Objectives and Key Results (OKRs). Although not designed for product roadmaps in particular, the OKR model has a lot to offer product teams. Roadmaps Product Strategy

Why product roadmaps are so important

The Product Coalition

And some tips to building your own :) Having some years of experience working with product teams, I’m pretty sure that this multidisciplinary and agile approach is the right one for developing innovative and customer-centric solutions that really make users’ lives easier.

How to Create Your Product Roadmap in 2019 (5 Templates Included)

The Product Coalition

Roadmapping is one of the unsung heroes in the product arena. The principles of creating a Product Roadmap First of all: as PMs, you are assumed to hold an ability to improvise. That said, a Product Roadmap is a good tool to actually anticipate mistakes.

Agile Role Transitions: Keep Austin Agile 2018 Activity Summary

Agile Velocity

Agile Roles are well defined in any foundational training for Scrum or Kanban. At Keep Austin Agile 2018, I presented a talk called “So You Made Your Project Managers into ScrumMasters: Roles Transitions When Becoming Agile”. Learn Agile. Agile training.

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Estimating items on your roadmap

Under10 Playbook

Estimating is perhaps the biggest issue facing product managers regarding roadmaps. ” Estimating is perhaps the biggest issue facing product managers regarding product and portfolio roadmaps. Agile teams generally use the Fibonacci numbering scheme for estimating.