Who Owns the Product Roadmap? How to use Insight and Influence to Guide Product Direction

Mind the Product

In my early days as a Product Manager, I wondered why the experiences of my peers varied so much from one company to another. In this article, we’ll take a dive into the different scenarios product managers may [.]. The post Who Owns the Product Roadmap?

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.

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Product Roadmap Prioritization — You Asked, We Answered

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This month, we presented the webinar, 5 Secrets to Prioritizing Your Product Roadmap (The Right Way!). From a product management perspective, you’ll want to focus on supporting the business unit strategy. Features, Roadmap Building, and Launch. Product Roadmaps

A Rearview Mirror for Your Product Roadmap

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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.

The North Star Playbook

Every product needs a North Star. In this guide, we will show you the metrics product managers need to tie product improvements to revenue impact. If you are looking for a more-focused, less-reactive way to work, this guide is for you.

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.

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.

Product roadmap pragmatism

Street Smart Product Manager

As product managers, it’s our job to drive sustainable business growth. One of the chief ways we do this is by crafting a coherent product roadmap. The post Product roadmap pragmatism appeared first on Street Smart Product Manager. Product Management Product Roadma

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. It’s a real practitioners’ book, written by four Boston-based leaders in Product Management: C. 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.

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Roadmaps are Dead! Long Live Roadmaps! by C. Todd Lombardo

Mind the Product

Do you ever feel like breaking up with your roadmap? Todd Lombardo takes on a topic that is emotional to most of us as product managers – the product roadmap. In modern product management, we have multiple frameworks and tools designed to help us understand what to build. The roadmap gets a lot of blame for this culture. What a Roadmap Isn’t. A roadmap can be many things. A roadmap is not a release plan. What a Roadmap Is.

The Essential Guide to Building Analytic Applications

Embedding dashboards, reports, and analytics in an existing application presents some unique opportunities—and poses unique challenges—to software teams. Download this eBook to hear 16 product experts share insights on business intelligence, UI/UX, security, and everything that goes into building a successful application with analytics at its core.

Revive Your Product Roadmap

Apptentive

Digital transformation is back to most companies’ top investment channels, remote product management is the future of work, and there is more marketplace need for product managers than ever before—hooray? And your product roadmap is likely bearing the load.

Roadmaps & Prioritisation – Lessons Learnt the Hard way, by Ren Yi Hooi

Mind the Product

The post Roadmaps & Prioritisation – Lessons Learnt the Hard way, by Ren Yi Hooi appeared first on Mind the Product. Prioritisation Product Management Skills London Prioritization Product Roadmap ProductTank ProductTank London Roadmapping

Product Management 101: Roadmapping

ProductCraft

The roadmap is one of the most important “living documents” a product team has. What is a product roadmap? A product roadmap is a visual summary of a product’s direction to facilitate. Read more » The post Product Management 101: Roadmapping appeared first on ProductCraft by Pendo. Perspectives PM 101 PM Role Product Manager roadmap

Creating Consistency Within the Chaos of Roadmapping by Rohini Pandhi

Mind the Product

In this ProductTank San Francisco talk, Rohini Pandhi, Product Manager at Square , shares her thoughts on roadmapping and its role in the product process. This process will eventually create habits that can drive the roadmapping process at different time horizons. This provides a more focused view of the roadmap. Finally, the lowest level of the roadmapping process focuses on tasks.

How to Sell Your Roadmap to Your Leadership Team

Speaker: Brett Truka, CEO, Devetry

A product roadmap needs to both capture your product’s strategy and outline your execution plan. Because these documents are such an essential component of your job as product manager, you also need to strategize your roadmap presentation. In other words, you need to speak your executive suite’s language. In this webinar, Brett Truka, CEO of Devetry, shares his experiences and advice on how to successfully sell your roadmap to your leadership team.

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.

Outcome Roadmaps

The Product Coalition

startup roadmaps outcome-over-output outcomes product-managementFocus Product Initiatives on What Really Matters Continue reading on ProductCoalition.com ».

Podcast: Roadmaps, OKRs, Vision and Prioritisation with Bruce McCarthy

Mind the Product

Bruce McCarthy was the president of the Boston Product Management Association, is the founder of consultancy Product Culture and co-wrote the book on roadmapping, Product Roadmaps Relaunched. He joined us live at the Mind the Product Leadership Forum to chat about how he builds his own roadmaps, prioritisation, product vision, OKRs and quite a bit more. The art and science of product management. The biggest mistake people make on roadmaps.

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

The Product Coalition

How to Develop Product Roadmap? Writing Good PRD & Managing Product Backlog [Back to?—? Product Management 101 ] Great products are not accidental. To lay out and document your strategy, you need to develop a Product Roadmap. Product Roadmap?—?What

5 Early Indicators Your Embedded Analytics Will Fail

application admins say it’s a pain to manage security settings in two different places.” new features to your roadmap now so you. your roadmap now so you don’t have to scramble down the road. analytics on your roadmap now to ensure you’re not.

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.

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….

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.

Effective Product Roadmaps

Melissa Perri

Product Roadmaps, in general, are confusing. Even the most experienced Product Managers still don’t have them fully figured out. 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. The truth?

How Much is that Feature in the Window?

Speaker: Nils Davis, Principal, NPD Associates

Roadmaps are about the future, and talking about a roadmap means talking about the future. But how you tailor that conversation depends on who you’re having it with, because your stakeholders’ vision for the future and your customers’ vision are likely two different things. Every audience has their own needs and expectations that you are working to fulfill, and as a product manager, it is up to you to manage these many moving parts. A conversation about creating value is going to vary based on whether or not you’re asking someone to buy your product, or fund it.

Creating Your First Product Roadmap

The Product Coalition

productivity business design product-management technologyThere is no single template — so where do you start? Continue reading on Product Coalition ».

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. Product Manager at Visible Measures.

Creating a product roadmap is easy

Street Smart Product Manager

You just have to know how… Creating a product roadmap is one of the most important deliverables for a product manager. As product managers, we’re expected to set the direction of our products. ” The product roadmap helps do that. The post Creating a product roadmap is easy appeared first on Street Smart Product Manager. Product Management Product Roadmap Product Manager product roadmap roadmap

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 ».

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!

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, Judging by what product managers have told us , my guess is that it sounds familiar to a good chunk of you reading this. Managing the “Shadow Product Team”.

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.

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. My personal roadmap looks like this: Now. Happy New Year! I am excited to kick off 2021.

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How to Run a Collaborative Roadmapping Exercise with Your Team

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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. Want More Helpful Roadmapping Advice?

Creating a Product Roadmap is Easy

Speaker: Shardul Mehta, VP of Product Management, Amwell

As a product manager, it is our job to drive sustainable business growth. And one of the chief ways we do that is by crafting a coherent product roadmap. Thanks to these roadmaps, everyone knows what we’re working on now vs. later, where we’re headed, and how we’re getting there. Fail at making this map, and you sacrifice not only your own credibility, but the credibility of the entire company. The bad news? Product managers rarely have the time to adequately prepare. The good news? While we should absolutely do the research and analysis needed to craft a proper roadmap, we actually don’t need to wait until it’s completed. We can actually do both in parallel. And what’s more is that once you can do that, product roadmapping becomes easy. Join Shardul Mehta, VP of Product Management, American Well, and learn how to master the intricacies of any 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.

Funding your Roadmap

The Product Coalition

Funding your Product Roadmap How do you ask for funding as you scale your product & team You have a product roadmap (annual / multi-year) in front of you, crafted by you after months of deliberation, discussions, conversations, stakeholder and leadership feedback and reviews. However, this article is not about how to create that perfect roadmap. I’m going to talk a bit about how to get those funding dollars in order to make your roadmap a reality.

Effective Product Roadmaps

Melissa Perri

Product Roadmaps, in general, are confusing. Even the most experienced Product Managers still don’t have them fully figured out. 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. Well that’s where the term Roadmap actually comes from.

How to Support a Change Management Process Using Roadmaps

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Figuring out the best change management process requires continued commitment and discipline. 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.

Potholes in your Roadmap and How to Fill Them

Speaker: Hope Gurion, Product Coach and Advisor

As a Product Manager, prioritizing work on your roadmap is an important part of your role. To answer roadmap questions, you're probably familiar with frameworks like RICE and Cost of Delay. But products are built by people, and people are messy - unlike these frameworks. Hope Gurion, Product Coach and Adviser, has identified potholes in your roadmap that are preventing you from planning as best as you can. She'll take you through all the opportunities to improve your organization's relationship to its roadmap that you may have missed along the way.