Learn the easiest and most effective way to use roadmaps in agile product management with scrum.
Your product roadmap must focus on key bits of information that are crucial to your product lifecycle. Your roadmap will constantly evolve so avoid overloading it with details. Instead, focus on adding information around three key areas:
As an example, your goal or purpose might be to increase customer acquisition. The value will be realised through features that solve these pain points. This will e.g. increase customer acquisition by a number, measured by the metrics you’ve put in place.
People often make wild assumptions about the future and act as confidently about tomorrow as they are about today. But to build a more realistic roadmap, you’ll need to be comfortable with being less confident the further ahead you plan. This is because, naturally, the further into the future you plan, the less certain you can be about what will happen due to unknown forces and external factors.
One way to express this uncertainty, while still building a promising roadmap, is to assign each milestone a low, medium or high level of confidence.
Another way is to increase your time estimates for execution at key intervals along the roadmap. For example, you estimate your first milestone will be met in one month, your second will be met six weeks after that, your third in another two months later and so on. The further into the future you go, the larger the target time frames for realising the value.
“Your roadmap is not a plan that is signed in blood and must be followed unquestionably–its a tool for communication”
It’s important to know what your roadmap is for and how it can help your agile scrum team. Equally important is knowing what it’s not. The roadmap is not a binding contract that must be signed in blood and seen through unquestionably until the end. It’s actually a tool for greater communication that:
If used correctly, the product roadmap can give clarity on the outlook, the timeframes and the value your team are constantly creating throughout the entire product lifecycle.
I hope the video and tips above help you to understand what’s involved in creating, maintaining and using a product roadmap in agile scrum. By taking these tips into consideration you can help to align teams and stakeholders across a common journey towards the product vision and unlock even more value for the end user and the organisation.
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