Here is what makes the best product roadmap - avoid all the common issues and problems so that you can make the best.
- Keep it simple : It must be readable within 3 minutes!
- Bring attention to just a few key messages : Show high risk areas and important launches.
- Make the timeline nice and clear : Include start date, end date and one or two milestones.
- Use “Red, Amber, Green” status for each item : Clearly show risk profile and RAG status.
Once you have completed your first draft, test it out on some friends: Can they understand it all within 3 minutes? Have they picked up on the important messages?
Improve it with their feedback, and then test it again!
By Business Documents UK Ltd Team . Published: 2020/04/18 2:10:37 PM, Last Updated: 2020/06/17 7:43:53 AM Answer URL
Here is an example of a simple Roadmap format. You can see how the timeline, workstreams and milestones are clearly understandable even with just a quick glance.
Using a Roadmap to show a Transition
You can see at the top of this roadmap format how the “transition” is clearly shown with a start state, intermediate state, and target state. See also the risk level explained in the legend.
Tips so that you can avoid common issues, and create the best product roadmap
- Avoid cramming in every detail! You just need the simple shape of the product story; everything should be summarised.
- Avoid small text: Keep the fonts large and the messages bold! Try testing your Roadmap at 5 feet distance. Can you read it?
- Use a maximum of 6 workstreams: If you have loads of “workstreams”, try summarising them in 6 or less. Any more than this becomes hard to digest, and your stakeholders will forget.