How to Sell Your Boss on Roadmaps Without Timelines

Mind the Product

Can’t get your boss to part ways with a time-based feature roadmap? I wonder what it is about feature roadmaps that is comforting to the C-suite. Feature roadmaps communicate those features you plan to build, even if they’re the wrong ones.

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. Product Roadma

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The Product Roadmap and the Release Plan

Roman Pichler

What is a Product Roadmap? A product roadmap communicates how a product is likely to evolve across several major releases. Product roadmaps vary in their format. I prefer to work with goal-oriented roadmaps (also called theme-based roadmaps). Product Roadmap.

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.

Portfolio roadmaps

Under10 Playbook

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. There are two ways to build a roadmap. Most agile teams reverse-engineer the roadmap from their list of user stories. A roadmap example. Developing your roadmap.

The best roadmap isn't a big effort

Under10 Playbook

The roadmap has become one of the most commonly requested—yet frequently misunderstood—documents in the product manager’s arsenal. However, for many product managers, the roadmap is an annoyance that must be changed constantly. Dates in roadmaps are an illusion.

The Alternative to Roadmaps


” Unfortunately, typical roadmaps do just what the General warned against – they tell the team what to do. In several articles I have highlighted the reasons I see typical product roadmaps as the source of so much waste in product teams. While there is increased recognition of the problems with roadmaps, many people have asked me to say more about the alternative. Roadmaps derive from the old centralized command-and-control model.

Opposite Views of a Product Roadmap

Tyner Blain

Your product roadmap is a view of what you are building right now, in the near future, and in the more distant future. Or is your roadmap a view of why you are building whatever you’re building right now, in the near future, and in the more distant future?

Features do not a Product Roadmap Make

Tyner Blain

Last month, Mike Smart of Egress Solutions and I gave a webinar for Pragmatic Marketing on product roadmapping when working in agile environments. One attendee asked, “ Please explain how a prioritized list of features is not a roadmap? Called it a roadmap, then.

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The Dirty Dozen Roadmap Roadblocks

Product Powers

A good product roadmap is one of the most important and influential documents an organization can develop, publish and continuously update. It's key to success, and yet many organizations struggle to produce effective roadmaps. What Is a Product Roadmap? A roadmap is your vision for how a product (or product line) will help achieve your organization's strategic goals. A good roadmap inspires. I call these roadmap roadblocks the "Dirty Dozen.".

TEI 094: Creating product roadmaps for product managers – with Jim Semick - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

I’ve had some requests from listeners to explore product roadmaps, so I had a discussion with Jim Semick. He is co-founder of ProductPlan , which creates roadmap software for product teams. The best practices for constructing product roadmaps. What do roadmaps look like?

True North: Managing Long-Term Roadmap Needs with Agility

Pragmatic Marketing

Everyone wants to see the product roadmap. Agile Loves Roadmaps and Plans. Agile and scrum don’t discourage the creation of a product roadmap. There is no single silver bullet for building the perfect roadmap. Therefore, it is crucial that a product roadmap not provide a detailed list of features and timeline, but instead provides direction for the team to build the right software. In a nutshell: Do not bring a waterfall roadmap to a scrum product delivery.

How to Create a Strategic Portfolio Roadmap

High Octane Product Management

Strategic Portfolio Roadmapping Workshop. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to develop a strategic portfolio roadmap that drives new growth by shifting your inside-out product vision to an outside-in customer vision. Instead of constantly wrangling over competing product visions that no one can ever agree on, you’ll learn how to craft a short and long-term portfolio roadmap that mirrors the vision and business goals of your target customers.

A Roadmap to Product Peace

Product Powers

This is the seventh article in a series called The Dirty Dozen Roadmap Roadblocks. It’s much easier to discuss priorities and roadmap items one-on-one with the head of sales, for example, than it is if the head of marketing is also in the room. Similarly, when you collaborate on your product roadmap with your key stakeholders, a powerful thing happens: “your” plan becomes their plan, too. Struggling to get buy-in on your roadmap?

How to Distinguish Between Your Product Roadmap, Product Strategy, and Product Vision


While you might “own” the product, your product’s vision should be coming from the top of the house. It should be driving everything in your organization, not just product development. Sales, operations, technology… all of it should be working toward a common vision.

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

Roadmap Alternative FAQ


In my prior article I discussed my favorite alternative to conventional product roadmaps. Q: What about outcome-based roadmaps? Outcome-based roadmaps refer to stating the outcome you are trying to achieve rather than the specific feature that may or may not deliver the necessary results. In truth, it’s not hard to map 1:1 a set of OKR’s to an outcome-based roadmap. Q: How to wean an organization off of roadmaps?

Third-Party Software Integration: Best Practice, Perils and Pitfalls

Mind the Product

Product management teams often ask themselves if third-party integration is right for their software product roadmap. Senior/director integration positions are usually expected to own a product roadmap strategy.

Requirements, Roadmaps & Rollouts: The B2B Product Manager Magazine, February 2017

High Octane Product Management

In this issue we cover everything from requirements to roadmaps to rollouts. And for the first time in five years, Proficientz is offering a public training workshop – How to Create a Strategic Portfolio Roadmap, March 28th in Atlanta. Five Reasons You Need a Strategic Portfolio Roadmap. The post Requirements, Roadmaps & Rollouts: The B2B Product Manager Magazine, February 2017 appeared first on Proficientz.

How to Build an IoT Product Roadmap

Tech Product Management

Building an IoT product roadmap is hard—much harder than building roadmaps for “normal” technology products. The post How to Build an IoT Product Roadmap appeared first on Tech Product Management. Let’s face it.

TEI 095: Product line roadmapping for product managers – with Paul O’Connor - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

The last episode was on the topic of product roadmaps and today we extend that topic by considering product line roadmapsroadmaps for product lines and product families. Why product line roadmapping is important. Why product line roadmapping is important.

Productivity vs. Responsiveness

Mironov Consulting

The need to “sell” the value of roadmaps and architecture to Sales. Agile development teams think about productivity in terms of overall velocity metrics and backlog/roadmap commitment. Can we make commitments against the top 2-3 big roadmap items and get them done when we say we will?

March 24: One-Day Product Leaders Workshop

Mironov Consulting

Possible workshop topics: Managing roadmap interrupts from founders and stakeholder executives. Events 2017 Featured Events leadership Organizations Product Management executives managing mentoring peers politics product management product teams roadmaps

Product Management at General Assembly

Product Manager in Heels

classes general assembly Product Management product/market fit roadmap teachingI just wrapped up teaching a 10-week Product Management course at General Assembly in Boston, and it was an amazing experience.

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.

It’s time to get your Ph.D. in Sales Comp

Product Beautiful

Events Leadership Misc (and Just for Fun) Product Management Product Marketing Working with Sales behavior comp compensation demo marketing roadmap Sales sales tools sales trainingA few years ago, I was working for a large company here in Austin.

Writing Technical User Stories

On Product Management

Development Guest Blogger Product Management ProductCamp Requirements RoadmapsBy Sogol Fathian Recently I gave a talk about writing technical stories and ways I have found to slice user stories thinner at Product Camp Toronto. I thought it’d be good to share some ideas from that talk here as well. I work as Product Manager for epost which is one of the biggest online […].

Managing Product Teams for Success

Product Talk

The most obvious way to be output-oriented is to give your teams a roadmap that lists features and release dates and ask them to deliver against that roadmap. Management should primarily focus their feedback on the discovery roadmap, not the delivery backlog.

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. Here are some tips to do better sizing estimates.

The Secret Product Management Framework

PM Hardcore

And even roadmaps. One of the most challenging questions about product management has been – in my experience – “What is Product Management?”. In this post, I share a simple model or framework to answer this question.

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

10 Product Backlog Tips

Roman Pichler

Tip #1: Complement your Product Backlog with a Product Roadmap. Use a roadmap to sketch the overall journey you want to take your product on. Then derive your product backlog from the roadmap and use the goals to discover the right backlog items.

Agile roadmaps – and other innovation insights for product managers July 22, 2016 - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

10 tips for creating an agile roadmap. (1) Get the Product Mastery Roadmap and…. The post Agile roadmaps – and other innovation insights for product managers July 22, 2016 appeared first on The Everyday Innovator - Resources for Product Managers and Innovators.

Just say no. Prioritization and Product Management

Product Manager in Heels

I'm planning to align this with my next post on roadmap and prioritization. analysis customer experience customer need effort impact Prioritization Product Management roadmapIn any business, it's extremely important to be able to prioritize what you work on and when you work on it.

Product Manager vs. Product Owner

Roman Pichler

It does not cover common product management practices, such as, product strategy development, product roadmapping, and financial forecasting; and the only product management tool it offers is the product backlog.

The T-Shaped Product Manager

Roman Pichler

Strategic skills include the ability to develop an effective product strategy , actionable roadmap , and working business model. Ask yourself, for example, how much you know about creating and validating a product strategy, about product roadmapping, and business model development.

Scaling the Product Owner Role

Roman Pichler

The initial product owner should be in charge of the overall product, take care of the product strategy and roadmap , and manage the stakeholders , but still be involved in managing the product backlog and making prioritisation decisions. Scaling and the Product Life Cycle.

The Most Important Thing You Need For Your Product To Succeed

Street Smart Product Manager

Entrepreneur New Product Development Product Development Product Management Product Roadmap product visionHave you ever felt like there is no clear direction for your product? That you keep getting jerked around building features to satisfy the latest customer opportunity?

What Will Product Management Be Like In 5 Years?

PM Hardcore

Think about the literal and connotative meanings of the words you use – requirements, features, roadmaps, applications, agile. The future is hard to tease out, but here’s what will happen in product management’s future. (CC CC 2.0 by PunkToad).

Is Scrum Right for Your Product?

Roman Pichler

You can learn more about when Scrum is most helpful for you as a product manager and product owner by: Attending my Product Owner training course ; Reading my book Strategize: Product Strategy and Product Roadmap Practices for the Digital Age. When is Scrum Most Helpful?

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