Building Powerful Roadmaps

Any organization’s ability to focus on what matters most to their customers is directly related to their ability to get valuable feedback from them. While more and more organizations embrace agile practices during the development of their services, they often lack in how they collect feedback and therefor don’t get the benefits they are after. After all, what is the upside to investing in being able to pivot, if there is no information available to guide the direction of that pivot?

The fact that many roadmaps leave little room for flexibility significantly contributes to this and building powerful roadmaps is a really hard task. How does one get feedback about a house without building it completely? How does one give feedback about a car without being able to drive it around the city for a couple of hours?

This session will provide you with practical techniques on how to build a powerful roadmap for your product or service, one that allows any organization to get valuable feedback from their customers. This workshop is based on ideas from the draft book Powerful Roadmaps.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

While this proposal describes the session as a workshop, I have given it as a talk (60 min) as well.

The workshop provides the participants with practice and guidance in using the referenced techniques using a fictitious enterprise project. After having introduced the challenges with building a roadmap for this project, the participants will be guided through a series of steps to finally reach a powerful roadmap, delivering on business value every step of the way:

  • Introduce to challenges with product/service development
  • Understand the difference between technical risks versus business risks
  • Prioritizes areas of concern according to the ultimate impact on the business
  • Brainstorm actions or functionality that can help reduce the risk
  • Prioritize identified functionality

A closing section will clearly summarize the learnings and provide the audience with the ability to ask any remaining questions.

The theoretical parts will introduce Agile Thinking as a framework, reference Cynefin and tie everything back to product and service development in today’s industry.

Learning Outcome

Powerful roadmaps allow:

  • for real prioritization instead of scheduling
  • the customer to help with prioritization
  • flexible delivery
  • delivery of concrete value at every milestone
  • the biggest risks to be addressed early in the project
  • to get additional value from the risk management process

Target Audience

product managers, team leads, architects, business analysts, project managers

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