Within agile projects roadmaps are used to define the releases and get insight in de dependencies between the various teams that are working on the release. An example of a roadmap is given below. A roadmap is a one pager that indicate the order of the releases and its content. Besides the example below, which is based upon subway mapping, roadmaps come in various formats.
An example of how a roadmap can be used to create transparency in progress and dependencies is given in an article that I wrote together with Cesario Ramos and Anko Tijman (you can read it here).
For a customer I ran a workshop on agile road mapping, where the participants were challenged to discuss their roadmap with their peer Product Owners. In order to inspire and feed the discussion I developed a series of questions that helped them to look at their roadmap from different angles
- Download and print the Test your roadmap – challenging questions sheet.
- Sit down with one or more of your colleagues.
- Pick a question and try to answer it the best you can.
- If the discussion becomes flat, just pick another question.
- Feel free to stop at any time and thank your colleague
- Update the roadmap with the insights gained during the session.