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Friday, November 9, 2018

Why PRODUCT ROADMAP is so IMPORTANT in AGILE DEVELOPMENT?

What is product roadmap in agile development?

In order to achieve a goal, you should always work with a plan. A product roadmap is an outstanding action plan which construes how the product is expected to evolve over time. It allows you to express where you want to take your product, and why it is worthwhile investing in it. Moreover, an agile product roadmap expedites the learning curve and adopts reforms. A goal-oriented roadmap focuses on project objectives, business goals, and outcomes like customer acquisitions, augmenting engagement. In simple terms, a product roadmap initiates the emergence and development of a product or solution to a project.



 Technology is rapidly changing which means new and unexpected markets will open up. With upcoming markets, business will boom or suddenly drop, and all of these changes will affect what you are able to build both in the short- and long-term. In addition, you cannot exactly know what you are going to build ahead of time, however, you can plan for how to respond those changes in order to keep on track with your innovative vision. Product roadmap encourages the project team to work together to achieve long-term goals for successful project delivery in agile development. For this reason, a few agile teams tend to share a unanimous product roadmap. A roadmap is not a plan that you develop once and adheres forever. The plan remains agile which means brainstorming, prioritizing ideas, discussing and adjusting your process roadmap is needed when the environment changes.

Reasons why product roadmap is needed in agile development?

Make adjustments during long-term plans



For example, like airplane instruments, a good roadmap will tell you if you have reached cruise altitude or if the product’s engagement needs to boost. In order to do so, you should compare your current metrics with the ones you have previously defined with your team when building the roadmap. Base on what you have found, your team can refine the features, sprint’s goals, make decisions based on data or, at least, realize sometime in advance that some desired outcome is not going to be achieved, enabling you to activate your plan B. Otherwise your team is just working sprint after sprint with no acknowledgment about the impact of its work on the business.

Roadmap connects pieces into a big picture



It is much more motivating to know what your team is going to deliver as a whole. This is where the real meaning of work takes place, instead of just delivering tasks that were assigned to you through your team’s board. Moreover, the roadmap should be accessible and visible on a daily basis, so everyone can take a look at it every day and feel the importance of their hard work.

Clarifies priorities and improve setting


Another important skill that a product team should know is the ability to reject. Because users are going to make requests, stakeholders are going to have opinions and even the CEO of the company may issue some special feature requests. However, if you are going to satisfy all of them, you will not do any good for anyone. In order to refuse requests that are not related, you should have a clear vision about what you are doing.

Product roadmap motivates the team



There are a lot of technical issues and things that go wrong when delivering a feature. As a consequence, the motivation to work and overcome will decrease. To avoid these problems you should have a clear vision of what is going on and the importance of it.

The clear vision for stakeholders


The product roadmap will help you to avoid as many meetings as possible. Nowadays, we are working in an agile environment and we do not have to report the status of the task to stakeholders. However, your product is a part of a bigger company strategy. Thus, goals and progress towards it must be accessible for everyone in a company. Moreover, if things will not go as expected, you can adjust it. Finally, it creates a sense of collaboration with everyone involved.

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