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. We talk a lot in the book about explaining the “why” of your roadmap. Get your free copy Nov 28th at the Product Roadmaps Relaunched book signing at Workbar.

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.

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.

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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Creating the "Right" Product Roadmap With Data

Speaker: Sunil Parekh, Head of Product Management, SimplyInsured

How do you use that data to create a product roadmap that is aligned with your organization’s business objectives? In this session, you will learn: How to analyze information from multiple sources to determine what should be included on a product roadmap.

Tying Strategy to Your Product Roadmap

Pragmatic Marketing

We’ve all heard about “strategic” product roadmaps. A roadmap is a plan for your strategy that maps out the direction of your product. A product roadmap isn’t simply a list of features or the backlog. The Benefits of a Strategic Roadmap. Showing Strategy on the Roadmap.

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.

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

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. Why Have a Roadmap Conversation With Your Customer?

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.

Product Roadmap Success: BWP Hosts Lively Roundtable Discussion

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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. Creating a Focused Product Roadmap.

4 real-world marketing roadmap examples

Roadmunk

That’s why roadmaps are such a natural fit for marketing teams. A marketing roadmap tells the story of your marketing strategy. As leader of the marketing team here at Roadmunk, I leverage a few iterations of my roadmap to communicate our team’s initiatives across our entire company.

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.

Design tips to make your roadmap boardroom-ready

Roadmunk

A roadmap should—and this is going to sound banal—be pretty. Roadmaps are communication tools. We’ve said before that a roadmap isn’t just for you. Below are some tips for creating a roadmap that is boardroom-worthy. Find a frame that fits your roadmap.

What is a technology roadmap, really?

Roadmunk

One of the most popular roadmaps in our template library is the technology roadmap. Now, ‘technology” is kind of a loosey-goosey moniker—but the ambiguity is a result of its broad application (and this broad application also happens to be why this roadmap is so popular).

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 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.

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. Well that’s where the term Roadmap actually comes from.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Create Your First Roadmap with Craft

Craft.io

In this article, you’ll get to know the roadmap structure, how to use the different elements correctly and how to toggle around the roadmap views until you find a view you like. The Roadmap. The Roadmap View. Click the Roadmap view.

Your Audience’s Real Roadmap Questions

Mironov Consulting

I get pulled into lots of discussions among product managers about the best ways to represent (and then present and present and present) roadmaps or backlogs, especially to internal sales/marketing/support audiences. So I assume that roadmap reviews will surface deeper concerns like….

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.

Create Your First Roadmap with Craft

Craft.io

In this article, you’ll get to know the roadmap structure, how to use the different elements correctly and how to toggle around the roadmap views until you find a view you like. The Roadmap. The Roadmap View. Click the Roadmap view.

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.

Product Updates: Numeric Fields + Milestone improvements for more flexible roadmapping

Roadmunk

We’re back with another release, and this time we’ve added optimizations to make Roadmunk more flexible to the way our users want to build and present roadmaps. Add numbers to your roadmaps. You can now add numbers to your roadmap with our newest Field Type.

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.

What is Product Roadmap Software and Why You Need It?

Hutwork

A product roadmap is a guide that lets you communicate your vision for your product’s future. Some roadmaps show short-term visions of a product, while others show the life cycle of a product over a longer time. This is where a product roadmap software comes in handy. But there is a solution to help you create a customized product roadmap that captures everything about your product from inception to launch— roadmap software. Keeping your roadmap dynamic.

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.

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.

Why You Need a Collaborative Product Roadmap

Hutwork

Your product roadmap is critical to conveying strategy and vision to those who need to know. When referring to a collaborative product roadmap , it’s not necessary that everyone should be able to edit and change it. But everyone should know and agree with the roadmap as a single source for product planning, strategy, and progress across your company. You can’t build your roadmap in a silo, however. Share your roadmap early and often. Roadmaps

Why Visual Product Roadmaps are no Longer Simply Nice-to-Have

Craft.io

While the trend of visual roadmaps is slowly spreading throughout the industry, I still come across numerous product managers who are content with roadmaps in excel spreadsheets or the team’s calendars. I even talked to a guy who manages his entire product roadmap on Google Keep.

To Share or Not to Share Your Product Roadmap with Clients?

The Product Coalition

That is the question faced by B2B product leaders Courtesy of Street Smart Product Manager Product roadmaps and I have a complicated relationship. Tweet this ) WHY is our roadmap relationship so complicated? Roadmaps change and evolve frequently. Roadmap requestors are people.

3 Benefits of Product Roadmap Planning

Hutwork

Here are the top 3 benefits of product roadmap planning. #1. Nothing can replace the benefits of collaborating and communicating while planning your product roadmap. Collaboration and communication are key elements to any product, and in particular, the product roadmap. The best product roadmaps have corporate strategies as their foundation. Use your product roadmap planning time to search through your backlog. Share your product roadmap early and often.

4 Key Elements for Any Product Roadmap

Hutwork

A product roadmap lets you plan, collaborate, and communicate with others about how a product will evolve over its lifecycle. Your product roadmap may look different from someone else’s, but they have the same elements. Here are the 4 key elements for any product roadmap. #1. Your product roadmap is only as strong as your collaboration and communication. You’ll build your best product roadmap on planning, collaboration, and communication. #3.

How to Create a Strategic Portfolio Roadmap

Proficientz – Product Management University

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.

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.

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.".