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Product Roadmaps Relaunched

How to Set Direction while Embracing Uncertainty

Paperback Engels 2017 9781491971727
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A good product roadmap is one of the most important and influential documents an organization can develop, publish, and continuously update. In fact, this one document can steer an entire organization when it comes to delivering on company strategy.

This practical guide teaches you how to create an effective product roadmap, and demonstrates how to use the roadmap to align stakeholders and prioritize ideas and requests. With it, you'll learn to communicate how your products will make your customers and organization successful.

Whether you're a product manager, product owner, business analyst, program manager, project manager, scrum master, lead developer, designer, development manager, entrepreneur, or business owner, this book will show you how to:
- Articulate an inspiring vision and goals for your product
- Prioritize ruthlessly and scientifically
- Protect against pursuing seemingly good ideas without evaluation and prioritization
- Ensure alignment with stakeholders
- Inspire loyalty and over--delivery from your team
- Get your sales team working with you instead of against you
- Bring a user- and buyer--centric approach to planning and decision-making
- Anticipate opportunities and stay ahead of the game
- Publish a comprehensive roadmap without over-committing


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Praise for Product Roadmaps Relaunched
Dear Roadmap
Who Is This Book For?
How to Use This Book
Why Listen to Us?
C. Todd Lombardo
Bruce McCarthy
Evan Ryan
Michael Connors

1. Relaunching Roadmaps
What Is a Product Roadmap?
Key Terms and How We’re Using Them
Where Did Product Roadmaps Come From?
Requirements for a Roadmap Relaunch
A Roadmap Should Put the Organization’s Plans in a Strategic Context
A Roadmap Should Focus on Delivering Value to Customers and the Organization
A Roadmap Should Embrace Learning
A Roadmap Should Rally the Organization Around a Single Set of Priorities
A Roadmap Should Get Customers Excited About the Product Direction
A Roadmap Should Not Make Promises a Team Cannot Deliver On
A Roadmap Should Not Require Wasteful Up-Front Design and Estimation
A Roadmap Should Not Be Conflated with a Release Plan or a Project Plan

2. Components of a Roadmap
Primary Components
Product Vision
Business Objectives
Meet the Wombat Garden Hose Co.
Developing the Wombat Roadmap
Secondary Components
Features and Solutions Show How You Intend to Deliver on Your Themes
Stage of Development
Target Customers
Product Areas
Secondary Components Added to the Roadmap
Complementary Information
Project Information
Components in Context
Components in Context
Components in Context
Components in Context

3. Gathering Inputs
Understand Where Your Product Is in Its Life Cycle
New Product Phase
Growth Phase
Product Expansion Phase
Harvesting Phase
End-of-Life Phase
Gathering Input from Your Market
Understand Your Ecosystem
Define the Problem and the Expected Outcome of the Solution
Gathering Input from Your Customers
Customer Roles
User Types
Users Versus Buyers
Roles Versus Personas
Gathering Input from Your Stakeholders

4. Establishing the Why with Product Vision and Strategy
Mission Defines Your Intent
Vision Is the Outcome You Seek
Values Are Beliefs and Ideals
Product Vision: Why Your Product Exists
Value Proposition Template
Example for Our Wombat Hose
Duality of Company and Customer Benefit
Product Strategy: How You Achieve Your Vision
Objectives and Key Results
The 10 universal business objectives
Key results (and metrics)
Outcome Versus Output
Case Study: SpaceX
Business Objectives
Key Results

5. Uncovering Customer Needs Through Themes
Expressing Customer Needs
Themes and Subthemes
Ways to Uncover Themes and Subthemes
User Journeys and Experience Maps
Existing Product Needs
System Needs
Opportunity-Solution Trees
Using Job Stories and User Stories to Support Themes
Themes Are About Outcomes, Not Outputs
Relating Themes Back to Your Objectives
Real-World Themes
The High Cost of Space Travel
Slack’s Theme-based Roadmap
GOV.uk’s Gantt Chart with Benefits

6. Deepening Your Roadmap
Features and Solutions: How They Can Work with Themes
When and Why Do Features Appear on the Roadmap?
Where Do Features Appear on the Roadmap?
Buffer’s feature-level roadmap
Feature questions
Using Stage of Development
Stage of Development Questions
Communicating Confidence
Confidence Questions
Identifying Target Customers
Target Customers Questions
Tagging Product Areas
Product Areas Questions
Secondary Components Summary
Strive for Balance

7. Prioritizing–with Science!
Why Prioritization Is Crucial
Opportunity Cost
Shiny Object Syndrome
Exponential Test Matrix Growth
Features Versus Tests
Bad (but Common) Ways to Prioritize
Your, or someone else’s, gut
Analyst opinions
Sales requests
Support requests
Competitive me-too features
Prioritization Frameworks
Critical Path
Desirability, Feasibility, Viability
ROI Scorecard
A Formula for Prioritization
A simple scorecard
A more complex scorecard
Tools Versus Decisions
Dependencies, Resources, and Promises (Oh, My!)
Prioritization Frameworks

8. Achieving Alignment and Buy-in
Alignment, Consensus, and Collaboration Walk into a Bar...
Shuttle Diplomacy
Shuttle Diplomacy for Product People
Why Does Shuttle Diplomacy Work?
How to Engage in Shuttle Diplomacy
Shuttle Diplomacy Canvas
What’s Difficult About Shuttle Diplomacy?
Meetings and Workshops
Presenting Recommendations
Co-creation Workshop
Software Applications

9. Presenting and Sharing Your Roadmap
Why to Share Your Roadmap Internally
The IKEA Effect
Why to Share Your Roadmap Externally
The Risks of Sharing
Overpromising and Underdelivering
The Osborne Effect
Multiple Roadmaps? Not So Fast!
Presenting the Roadmap to Stakeholders
What the Development Team Needs in a Roadmap
Secondary Components
Complementary Information: Platform Considerations
Complementary Information: Project Information
What Sales and Marketing Need in a Roadmap
Secondary Components
Complementary Information: External Drivers
What Executives Need in a Roadmap
Complementary Information: Financial Information
What Customers Need in a Roadmap
The Roadmap Presentation
Case Study: Chef.io’s Roadmap Presentation
Dropping Like a Lead Balloon
CASE STUDY: Chef.io’s Roadmap Presentation

10. Keeping It Fresh
Roadmap Evolution
How Far Out Should Your Roadmap Go?
Planned Change
Change Frequency
Unplanned Change
When Features Are Late
When to Compromise on Quality
Special Requests
External Pressures
Changes in Strategy
Communicating Change
What and When
Roadmap Changes
Forks in the Road
Lather, Rinse, Repeat

11. Relaunching Roadmaps in Your Organization
How to Get Started
Step 1. Assess your situation
Step 2. Get buy-in for change from from your key stakeholders
Step 3. Train your stakeholders how to contribute
Step 4. Start small and work incrementally
Step 5. Evaluate your results and align on next steps
Step 6. Keep relaunching


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