Product roadmaps are one of the most critical parts of understanding the context of work in a scaled agile organization. While it might be counter-intuitive to believe this given agile's focus on flexibility and the ability to respond to market changes quickly, roadmaps actually provide much-needed connection to corporate vision and strategy.
Let's look at what an agile roadmap is: an overall view of the product's epics and themes, and a way to plan and organize the journey of product development through the lens of the overall company strategy. The product owner creates the roadmap with help from the development team and other key stakeholders. In larger organizations, the portfolio and strategic themes will be the driver for the roadmap content. The roadmap should be used to support product purpose and vision, and help product owners keep their stakeholders aligned with strategy. It should also make it easier to coordinate the development of different products, and foster transparency in order to manage customer expectations.
Unlike a waterfall roadmap, an agile roadmap is not a way to lock people into hard and fast requirements or dates. In fact, the agile roadmap's nature is to change as the greater team inspects and adapts to market requirements workflow improvements and work capacities. Each PI planning, the team examines the roadmap, confirms the work included in each, and makes changes to requirements and timelines as needed.
At AgileCraft, we know product managers need to have the ability to create roadmaps based on different programs and portfolios as well as timeframes. Our robust and flexible roadmapping feature allows product managers to visualize the roadmaps with custom filters so that different slices of the product are visible based on the intended audience.
From the feature organization perspective, there are three main functions of agile roadmaps:
1. Planning upfront
2. Tracking while the work is being done
3. Reporting throughout
AgileCraft roadmaps are designed to give users a visual representation of how their objects line up against each other in their current PI and how they are linked together. They offer a holistic view of your PIs and the ability to manage the objects within the PI, for example, change the begin and end dates or set the health. Executives, Scrum Masters, and product owners can work with roadmaps through the top-down and bottom-up views to provide total transparency from team to portfolio, so that everyone knows what work is happening and why it is important.
To learn more about agile product management, check out our 5 steps to Product Management in Scaled Agile"
webinar or our Scaling Product Management in an Agile World webinar. Or, click the Get Started button below to learn more about how AgileCraft roadmaps can help your product management team connect to the development team to maintain a clear and steady product vision.