Roadmaps are such an important aspect of every product managers’ career. Although there are a plethora of resources to aid us in learning more about this process, it can be difficult for product managers to define and execute roadmaps effectively. To help, we look back to when Product leader, Matt Walton, shared 6 practical steps to creating good roadmaps in this Sunday Rewind episode…
As a product leader, the biggest impact you have on product roadmaps is how you organise your teams and define their missions, Matt believes. You need to work closely with others in the leadership team to arrive at ways of organising and defining missions that work not only for product people but the rest of the business too. “Focus on the purpose, strategy, and vision when looking to create good product roadmaps,” Matt says.
Additionally, Matt says that as a product leader, you must ensure that your team understand their context within the business. “It’s your job as a product leader to interpret the company’s strategy into something useful for product people and to make sure they understand it,” he says.
Wherever you are in your business cycle, remember that your role in product roadmapping is to ensure that:
- Your team owns their roadmaps
- There is a clear strategic context to inform their work and that the missions and success measures of the teams are clear
- The processes, frameworks and cadence for roadmapping are all consistent, understood by your team and bought into effect across the organisation
- There are processes in place to encourage communication and collaboration across teams
- Your team is inspired, supported, and challenged appropriately
- You cultivate and maintain a “product-friendly” culture
Read Creating Good Roadmaps: 6 Practical Steps for Product Leaders in full and have a read of other episodes in our Sunday Rewind series.