This guide will explain the important parts of a Project Roadmap. It includes workstreams, activities, timelines, risk levels and other elements needed for an effective project roadmap.
What is a Project Roadmap used for?
1. Quickly communicates project plans and goals. 2. Manages stakeholder expectations. 3. Generates a shared understanding across the teams involved. 4. Communicates plans with other important teams/organisations.
What is a Project Roadmap?
It is a simple diagram format, that shows your project plans over time. IMPORTANT:A Project Roadmap IS NOT the place for detailed project plans and detailed information.
What does a Project Roadmap include?
1. Must Have: The Project Goals articulated; at least in the deliverables listed. 2. Must Have: A timeline – to show when things will happen. 3. Must Have: The high level titles for the big deliverables (don’t get into the detail!!). 4. Should Have: The workstreams in separate “Swim Lanes”. 5. Should Have:Milestones of key events, when you expect them. 6. Could Have: Areas of high risk. 7. Could Have: Areas where you have dependencies.
What are the Key Characteristics of a Project Roadmap?
It gives a sense of the Project Goals: Either explicitly in plain words: “The goal is …”. It shows the plans for a project in simple terms: not too detailed – just the high-level titles! (keep to 4 or less in each workstream). It fits on 1 side of paper (or 1 slide in a presentation) to keep it simple! It shows project plans alongside a timeline. You can read it and understand it in 3 minutes or less. It avoids acronyms and team jargon, so that anyone can understand it! It has your name on it – so people can contact you with questions.
What’s the best Project Roadmap presentation?
The best project roadmap presentation is one that tells your story simply and quickly. You must give a sense of time, the important project elements, and any key messages you want to highlight.