Introducing the Roadmap Wall: Building Alignment and Buy-In at All Levels of Your Organization

schedule May 30th 12:40 - 01:40 PM place Mineral DE + Corridor people 207 Interested


Implementing a product roadmap in an Agile way can be tough. Roadmaps are often written as a document that isn’t easily accessible. This leads to a variety of issues. A good agile roadmap should allow for agile practices such as daily standups and planning. They should create high visibility and transparency, operate with low overhead, and provide the right information to the right people at the right time.

In this talk, Chris will share how he’s implemented a Roadmap Wall. He’ll show how to incorporate the roadmap components into a highly visible and actionable format. The roadmap wall has multiple benefits and will:

  • give leadership and executives visibility into how their business objectives influence features, story backlogs, and priorities
  • leverage delivery teams to understand technical feasibility tradeoffs
  • show the options available to satisfy competing customer needs
  • demonstrate a clear picture of how business objectives link to customer needs
  • provide near real-time information for decision making

To realize these benefits, we’ll leverage a variety of familiar tools. Chris will show you how to use a kanban system to manage business objectives and OKRs. You’ll learn how using an opportunity solution tree clarifies the customer’s need when roadmapping. He’ll show you a new way to use story maps when detailing features, improving communication and planning.

In the end, you’ll walk away with a new method for visualizing your product roadmap, giving your team better decision-making information.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

  1. Introduction to the problems with most current roadmap implementations
  2. High level over of a Roadmap Wall and it's components:
    • Kanban System
    • Opportunity Solution Tree and Opportunity Canvas
    • Feature Story Maps
  3. How to use a Kanban system to manage company objectives or initiatives
    • Prioritizing opportunities
    • Managing capacity across teams using WIP limits and/or swim lanes
    • Communicating status
    • Setting OKRs and tracking against those
  4. How to use an Opportunity Canvas to create alignment
  5. How to use Opportunity Solution Trees to link company objectives through customer needs/problems to specific potential features
    • Overview of the trees
    • Several ways to leverage their use
    • Common "smells" that would indicate poor breakdown of opportunities/features or unclear business objectives
  6. How to use Feature Story Maps to provide stakeholders with options
    1. How to slice story maps to create options
    2. How to leverage those options to meeting company OKRs
  7. Close with final takeaways

Learning Outcome

Participants will learn:

  • Key components of a roadmap
  • An example Kanban system for managing company objectives that can serve as a great jumping off point
  • How to build an Opportunity Solution Tree from a company objective and use that to select and compare features
  • How to use an Opportunity Canvas to build alignment and identify risks
  • How to build and slice a Feature Story Map to meet company objectives and schedules

Target Audience

Product Managers, Product Owners, Agile coaches, Executive stakeholders, Project Managers, Scrum Masters

Prerequisites for Attendees

There are no hard requirements for attending. However, some of the following would help participants get the most out of the session:

  • Basic understanding of the Agile planning cycle
  • Some experience roadmapping or release planning
  • Any experience planning product increments or sprints

I will talk about using a Kanban system and story map, but a very limited understanding of those is necessary.

Most people who are developing a product with stakeholders will have the relevant experience needed to understand the concepts.

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