Escape From the Feature Roadmap to Outcome-driven Development

Mind the Product

I’ve made a lot of roadmaps in my time. In fact, in the first three years I was at WorldRemit, I counted that I represented our company roadmap in 10 different ways. This reformatting was always an attempt to make the roadmap work harder: to bring more focus, communicate more effectively with stakeholders, keep a growing team joined up. One of many, many roadmaps. Yet most roadmaps have a big problem in common. So, Back to That Roadmap….

Chapter 12/17?—?How to Develop Product Roadmap?

The Product Coalition

How to Develop Product Roadmap? A good product strategy helps the team stay focused, guide the product development and manage the business during the development process. To lay out and document your strategy, you need to develop a Product Roadmap.

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Product Roadmap Prioritisation

Roman Pichler

Before you order the roadmap items, double-check that you have a validated product strategy in place. Will the product, for example, directly generate revenue, help market and sell another product or service, reduce cost, or develop the brand? If you haven’t nailed the answers, then do not continue the roadmapping effort. Otherwise, your roadmap may be built on false assumptions. To prioritise the product roadmap, consider in which life cycle stage your product is.

Roadmaps Are Dead. Long Live Roadmaps! – Janna Bastow on The Product Experience

Mind the Product

When you have questions about roadmaps, it pays to talk to someone who has spent way too much of her life thinking about them. Janna Bastow – co-founder of both Mind the Product and ProdPad – has been trying to fix the problems of roadmaps for most of her professional life.

5 Early Indicators Your Embedded Analytics Will Fail

lead to a whole new set of problems: Developer Grade Analytics 2 Many companies put analytics projects on the backburner. an Analytics Emergency Developer Grade Analytics 3 Indicator #1: Long Queue of Ad. Hoc Requests One irony in application development is new features.

Should Product Roadmaps Have Dates?

Roman Pichler

What Product Roadmaps Are (in a Nutshell). To start with, let’s briefly recap what a product roadmap is. I view a roadmap as a high-level plan that states specific benefits a product should provide over a certain timeframe, which may range from six to 12 months. I find it helpful to use the product roadmap so that it connects the overall product strategy with the product backlog, as shown in the picture below. Ensure the Roadmap is Realistic.

A Rearview Mirror for Your Product Roadmap

bpma ProductHub

For our recent book, Product Roadmaps Relaunched: How to Set Direction while Embracing Uncertainty (O’Reilly), my co-authors C. One concept I really wish we’d had space for is the idea of providing a rearward view of the roadmap — essentially a summary of what’s been delivered in the recent past — as a way to set context for the forward-looking portion of the roadmap. We talk a lot in the book about explaining the “why” of your roadmap.

Product Roadmap First Principles

The Product Coalition

It’s Product Roadmap Building Time Again! The end of 2020 is nearing and it’s product roadmap building time again?—?at To make that process as worthwhile as possible, adhering to the following seven product roadmap first principles has proven beneficial in my experience.

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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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.

How to Package and Price Embedded Analytics

Customizing embedded analytics in this way means thinking about packaging and pricing early in product development cycles. 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.

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”. Product roadmaps are overloaded with significance and are a source of uncertainty among product managers. If you’re only going to read one thing: Product Roadmaps Relaunched.

Product Strategy and Skill Development: Learnings from the #mtpcon Session Speakers

Mind the Product

In this first, Breakout Session release from #mtpcon Digital 2020, you can delve into four of the event’s deep-dive sessions focusing on product strategy and skill development.

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.” 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.

The Product Roadmap and the Release Plan

Roman Pichler

A release plan forecasts how a major release is developed. In the chart above, the vertical axis captures the remaining effort in the product backlog required to create the next release, and the horizontal axis captures the number of sprints necessary or available to develop the release. The first data point on the chart is the estimated effort of the entire product backlog before any development has taken place. What is a Product Roadmap? Product Roadmap.

The Art of Alignment: Balancing External & Internal Communications

Speaker: Vivek Bedi

There are a thousand moving parts to creating a product roadmap - particularly one that everyone can reference and use. Therefore, the development of an effective roadmap relies upon the ability to answer the question, "What is a roadmap, and what is it really going to be used for?"

Product Release Schedule vs. Roadmap

Proficientz

Is there a difference between a product release schedule and a product roadmap? In recent years, product release schedule and product roadmap have become synonymous. It’s a schedule of product features currently planned or in development and the target or committed dates they’ll be released to market. A product roadmap on the other hand is just the opposite. Product roadmaps generally cover a specified time period such as a few quarters or a year.

Product Roadmap Essentials

bpma ProductHub

By Boston Women in Product – The product roadmap frames every task and is the lifeblood of delivering a successful product. Boston Women in Product has been considering the importance of mastering the product roadmap as a critical responsibility of the product manager. Imagine if you could engage industry experts in an informative dialog to gain valuable insights in helping you craft and master your own roadmaps. A roadmap is fuel to the fire in our bellies.

A Look at the Year Ahead: The Product Talk Roadmap (With a Book Update)

Product Talk

And just like I encourage trios to share their discovery context before they share their roadmaps and backlogs, I’ll do the same here, before I talk about my plans for the year ahead. But I didn’t have a fully developed solution, nor did I have anything to measure.

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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. 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.

Innovating and Driving Agility with Tech: No-Code Development

Speaker: Gautam Nimmagadda, CEO, Quixy

Product Managers: are you wondering what your teams will look like in the future? If so, it's time to look to no-code development. With it, you can leverage hyper automation, strengthen and accelerate growth, and drive value. Your teams will be able handle more projects, and focus on the real challenges. This webinar harnesses the wisdom of today's business leaders and the global pioneers of tomorrow. Join Gautam Nimmagadda, CEO of Quixy, and learn how to leverage tech to drive agility with citizen development and the no-code movement.

Outcome-driven product roadmap

The Product Coalition

Many organizations struggle with roadmaps, finding them difficult to maintain and hardly ever coming true. They say, a roadmap in its first edition barely resembles what they get in the end. It all misleads into believing that the product roadmap is just some mumbo jumbo that has little in common with real business problems. Those not given up the fight, experiment with crossbreeds of the roadmap and the release plan.

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 to Run a Collaborative Roadmapping Exercise with Your Team

ProductPlan

You’re a product manager, and you need to run a collaborative roadmapping exercise with various teams across your company. What is a Collaborative Roadmapping Exercise? A collaborative roadmapping exercise is an ideation meeting. Step 3: Review the existing product roadmap.

The Roadmap Dilemma: When to Grow, When to Learn

Mind the Product

Learning and growing are antagonistic by nature, which is why many companies face the roadmap dilemma. Ways that the Roadmap Dilemma Presents Itself. Deconstructing the Roadmap Dilemma. Both modes often cohabit on a roadmap. Solving (Avoiding) the Roadmap Dilemma. To avoid the roadmap dilemma, many rely on a rather radical approach: focus exclusively on Learning, until the MVP deadline has been met, and then shift entirely on Growth.

4 Steps to Developing Your Customer Care Strategy

The quality of a customer care strategy can make or break a company, but simply resolving a customer service issue or complaint is no longer enough. Learn the 4 steps that address the major points you need to consider when building a customer care roadmap.

A Roadmap Doesn’t Have to Lead to Broken Promises

Mind the Product

We’d spent weeks perfecting the roadmap presentation for our annual customer conference. It felt like people had overlooked all the greatness of our roadmap and were focused on the (relatively few) changes we’d made along the way. For many product people, this is the nightmare scenario of sharing their product roadmap. Why Have a Roadmap Conversation With Your Customer? Boston startup InsightSquared has developed a culture of transparency.

Effective Product Roadmaps

Melissa Perri

Product Roadmaps, in general, are confusing. Three years ago I wrote a blog post about Rethinking the Product Roadmap , in which I advocated for a focus on solving customer problems instead of listing out features with deadlines. But first, let’s talk about Roadmaps in general, and how they got us on the wrong track to begin with. Think back, before Google Maps, to what a real roadmap was- those things with tiny, tiny city names and thousands of squiggly lines.

The Roadmap Battle Royale

The Product Coalition

NAVIGATING THE NATURAL TENSION AMONG STAKEHOLDERS This is the first in a series on product roadmaps. The first post describes why roadmaps matter and who relies upon them. The roadmap is much more than a directive document that tells teams what to do by when. The numerous parties to the roadmap have different motivations and needs which you as the PM must be weighing in order to achieve a higher success probability. Battleground The product roadmap.

Free Your Product Roadmap and Ditch the Timeline

Mind the Product

I recently tweeted about timeline roadmaps saying they had to go. I tried a couple of searches while I was testing, including one of my favourites: search for “product roadmap” under the Images tab (whether in Google or Ecosia), and you’ll get a bunch of timelines. When I saw the results I thought it was worth saying on Twitter what I’ve said before: the timeline roadmap simply has to go (said Twitter thread caught fire!). Frequently-Asked Product Roadmapping Questions.

Finding a Product Prioritization Framework That Works

Speaker: Janna Bastow, CEO and Co-Founder, ProdPad

When planning a roadmap, product managers must sort through huge piles of possibilities, balance competing factors, and ultimately decide what comes next. They have to prioritize—but it’s never that straightforward. You can’t blame product managers for wanting to find the perfect prioritization method to make their jobs easier. Still, no technique is a silver bullet. Join Janna Bastow, CEO and co-founder of ProdPad, as she talks about the pros and cons of prioritization frameworks.

Product Manager Tools?—?The roadmap

The Product Coalition

roadmaps product software-development product-management product-managerHow should you go about communicating the vision for your product, and do you really need a specialist tool to do it. Continue reading on ProductCoalition.com ».

Product Roadmap Success: BWP Hosts Lively Roundtable Discussion

bpma ProductHub

By Garima Painuly- One of the constant challenges a product manager faces is creating a focused product roadmap that is aligned with expectations of all stakeholders, and defending that roadmap against distractions. The discussion topics were inspired by a blog post from Fresh Tilled Soil on Building a Product Roadmap. Boston Women in Product (BWP) hosted “Product Roadmaps: A Roundtable Discussion” on March 28th, 2017. Creating a Focused Product Roadmap.

Influencing the Product Roadmap

Pragmatic Marketing

One of the fastest-growing social gaming giants doesn’t play around when it comes to developing future products. Sangita Sarkar , Zynga’s director of product marketing, recently participated in an AMA on influencing the product roadmap via Sharebird , a place to see how people at top companies do product marketing. ” That research could be meaningless data if PMMs fail to get involved early in development and influence the overall vision for a product.

Influencing the Product Roadmap

Pragmatic Marketing

One of the fastest-growing social gaming giants doesn’t play around when it comes to developing future products. Sangita Sarkar , Zynga’s director of product marketing, recently participated in an AMA on influencing the product roadmap via Sharebird , a place to see how people at top companies do product marketing. ” That research could be meaningless data if PMMs fail to get involved early in development and influence the overall vision for a product.

When Life Gives You Lemons Make PM Lemonade: Surviving Product Management During Crisis

Speaker: Vivek Bedi, Keynote Speaker, Author & Entrepreneur

We are all going through challenging times. In fact, the entire way product managers work has completely changed. The work/life balance of PMs is being tested; managing a product team and various roadmaps virtually adds to the list of current challenges. Meanwhile many professionals are exploring if pivoting into product management is a career path for them. Frankly, it's hard to find great resources to learn more about leveling up your product management skills. Well, when life gives you lemons, make PM lemonade!

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. If you plan your features and functionality, you don’t waste time deciding what to develop next.

How to Gain Alignment From Your Team on the Product Roadmap

Mind the Product

When No-one Agrees With Your Roadmap. What do you need as a product person looking to get a roadmap updated or in place? You don’t need consensus to get your roadmap in place. Let’s clarify (and repeat) that: You do not need consensus to get your roadmap in place, nor do you need it to edit your roadmap. Then it’s our Roadmap. It’s not just my roadmap anymore. It’s our roadmap, our plan.

Product Roadmaps you can actually follow

The Product Coalition

Get real about roadmaps and plans Beyond Gantt Charts and releases If this was 40 years ago and you were doing a cross-country road trip from the American east coast to the west coast, you’ld probably have a roadmap. And so at any given moment, you could open up your roadmap, and tell me where you were at that moment, where you were headed, and your informed belief about when you might get there. Your software product roadmap or project plan should do the same for you.

How to Support a Change Management Process Using Roadmaps

ProductPlan

One of the best ways to ensure excellent communication with stakeholders is through leveraging a roadmapping tool. 6 Ways a Roadmap Supports Change Management Process. A roadmap acts as a single source of truth. Roadmaps create transparency. Roadmaps add context.

Leading Under Uncertainty

Speaker: Greg Coticchia, CEO & Founder of ENTRA

Organizations of all types and sizes are facing common challenges of how to deal with the uncertainty in our current professional and personal lives. How can you plan when you are uncertain of what's next? On a product level, how can you be sure of delivering the ‘right’ messaging, products, solutions, and services to customers? How do you survive to fight the fight another day? In this session, we will discuss important tips for you as a Product Manager dealing with uncertainty. At the same time, we will discuss another important aspect of dealing with uncertainty, and that is building trust, especially while many of us are working remotely or in new or different settings.