Ensure you are always ahead of the curve in your project. The product roadmap and delivery plan will allow you to plan the product development process, technology implementation, employment strategy, and level of investment needed to deliver the project.
How a Product Roadmap can boost your project?
Define a technical roadmap
By choosing the right technology, you will optimize the time and cost of development. Planning your tech stack will also allow you to avoid the risk of costly technology change in the middle of the development.
Get the right people for the job
Technology experts are in high demand; a tech roadmap will allow you to see in advance what capabilities your team will need. Avoid staffing challenges early on.
Estimate the product development budget
The more specific your roadmap is, the better you can predict the level of investment needed for the project. This will allow you to plan how to raise and spend funds and what tech expertise you will need.
Focus on what matters the most
A product roadmap is also about trimming the fat off your product idea. Many good ideas are generated during the early stages of the project, but not all of them should be implemented at once. Feature creep may drag down your efforts.
Prove that you have a solid plan
The roadmap structures your action plan. This structure bolsters your position during discussions with investors. It is also an important internal tool - a clear product strategy is a signal to your team that you have things under control and an excellent onboarding tool for your growing team.
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How do we work with clients to help them build product roadmaps?
We use the right method at the right time. Startup teams of 2-3 founders require a different approach than scale-up or SME products, with multiple stakeholders.
Here's a short overview of workshop methods and frameworks we use to ideate, design and structure the right roadmap for their product.
User Story Mapping Workshop
User Story Mapping is a foundational technique for agile development. It's particularly useful for startups because it forces you to consider the entire user journey, not just individual features. This ensures that your MVP is not just a collection of features, but a coherent product that solves a real problem for your users.
What It Is: A visual exercise that helps product teams organize and prioritize user stories. It lays out the journey a user takes through the product, breaking it down into tasks and activities.
Why We Use It: It provides a holistic view of the user experience, helps identify gaps, and allows for easier prioritization of what to build first.
Tools: A large wall or whiteboard, sticky notes, markers, or digital tools like "StoriesOnBoard" or "Miro."
Event Storming Workshop
Event Storming serves as a powerful technique for dissecting complex processes and can be particularly useful when you're dealing with intricate systems or workflows in your product. It's a collaborative approach that helps create a shared understanding among diverse stakeholders.
What It Is: An agile modeling workshop to create a business process model. It involves domain experts and technical experts placing domain events on a model to explore a system's behavior.
Why We Use It: It's excellent for understanding complex business logic, identifying bottlenecks, and aligning the team on the system's flow.
Tools: Large wall or whiteboard, an endless supply of sticky notes in different colors, and markers.
This simple framework isn't just about feature prioritization but also about customer delight. By understanding what truly matters to your users, you can focus on features that not only meet basic needs but also surprise and delight, creating a more compelling and sticky product.
What It Is: A framework for prioritizing features based on customer satisfaction and business impact.
Why We Use It: Kano Model helps you quickly understand which features are must-haves, nice-to-haves, or delighters and prioritize accordingly.
Tools: Pen and paper, whiteboard, or Kano Model software (e.g. kanomodel.com)
A lifesaver for decision-making under constraints, especially in a bigger team. It forces you to make hard choices, ensuring that you're always working on what's most critical. This is invaluable for startups where resources are tight and the cost of wrong decisions is high.
What It Is: A technique for prioritizing work by categorizing it into Must-haves, Should-haves, Could-haves, and Won't-haves.
Why Use It: Provides a clear framework for stakeholders to agree upon priorities.
Tools: Simple lists, Trello, or any project management software.
This method goes beyond the 'what' to focus on the 'why.' It aligns every stakeholder on the business objectives, ensuring that you're building a product that not only meets user needs but also drives business outcomes. It's a roadmap that everyone can believe in.
What It Is: A strategic planning technique that visualizes the relationship between business goals, the impact you want to achieve, and the changes you need to make.
Why Use It: Aligns all stakeholders on business objectives and the means to achieve them.
Tools: Whiteboard, Impact Mapping software like "Impact," or mind-mapping tools.
Feature Buckets help you strike a balance in your product development. By categorizing features into different buckets, you ensure that you're not just chasing metrics or building 'cool' features, but also addressing customer requests, bug fixes, and long-term strategic goals. It's a holistic approach to building a well-rounded product.
What It Is: A method of categorizing features into buckets like "Metrics Movers," "Customer Requests," "Delighters," and "Strategic Initiatives."
Why We Use It: This tool helps balance the roadmap between various feature types.
Tools: Spreadsheet, project management software, or a simple Kanban board.
Objectives and Key Results (OKRs)
OKRs keep the whole company's eyes on the prize. By aligning your roadmap with high-level objectives, you ensure that every feature, every sprint, and every ounce of effort contributes to the organization's high-level strategic goals. It's a way to turn your vision into actionable, measurable steps.
What It Is: A goal-setting framework that aligns the roadmap with high-level objectives and measurable results.
Why We Use It: Keeps the team focused on outcomes rather than just outputs and aligned at the organizational level.
Tools: OKR software like "Ally.io," or a simple Google Sheet.
Buy a Feature
What It Is: A collaborative game where stakeholders are given a budget to "buy" the features they think are most important.
Why Use It: Engages stakeholders and provides insights into what features are considered most valuable.
Tools: Play money, feature cards, or specialized software like "Conteneo Weave."
Each of these techniques offers a unique perspective on how to prioritize and plan your product roadmap effectively.
We help you choose and facilitate the best fit for your company's and team's needs, ambitions and constraints.
Join our next Product Roadmap Masterclass!
We see many Founders coming from a business context blocked by tech challenges.
Missing the tech expertise to plan a feasible roadmap and budget, they often choose the wrong tech approach to progress and then run out of money.
To alleviate this, we bring in our Product Management and R&D tech experts for the founders to work with, and learn how to plan their product roadmaps.
Our Product Roadmap Masterclass is a 2-3 hour collaborative workshop, in which the founders learn how to create a solid tech product roadmap from day one.
Aniv8, a US-based startup, envisioned a smart collar for dogs to automatically detect and diagnose osteoarthritis. They partnered with our team to do R&D and create a viable end-to-end solution, starting from low Technology Readiness Level.
We have developed a deep-learning algorithm and fine-tuned the wearable sensor software to provide accurate data for Machine Learning. The result was a proof of concept and a demonstration of technical feasibility – a fully functional prototype that successfully diagnoses osteoarthritis in dogs with over 80% accuracy.
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