The Power of Product Roadmaps

The Power of Product Roadmaps

Roadmaps are most useful for getting stakeholders all on one page.

A decent roadmap is necessary in ensuring everyone within a team understands the status of work. It helps not only senior execs, and product leaders but anyone from design to development.

The importance of making sure that work is aligned with upcoming priorities, is one of the reasons why Atlassian have introduced roadmaps into Jira Software’s next-generation project.

Create a timeline of plans, let stakeholders knows the status of your work, and update priorities as they evolve, to keep your organisation in the know.

Those of you familiar with roadmaps, know how much of a pain they can be to create and update using the traditional ways of making them, (spreadsheets and slide decks). Not to mention the problems stakeholders can have understanding them, because of their format.

Not knowing whether the status of a project is up-to-date, has only caused roadmaps to fall down the sidelines; many have opted for manual updates through email and in meetings, over consulting a document that took a lot of time to create and maintain in the first place.

It’s unrealistic for a roadmap to be disconnected to the work produced by the engineering team; as such, overhead was a pain point expressed by many users, in their attempts to align the roadmap with work being tracked in Jira Software. Agile teams understand that the scope and status of work is always ongoing, and so is the roadmap.


Easy does it

With simplicity and ease-of-use in mind, Atlassian have now made it possible to move the roadmap into Jira Software, allowing teams to attach their Jira project stories and tasks, directly onto the work found on the roadmap. The design of the feature, has made it easy to create a roadmap in a matter of clicks, as well as items (epics) inline with this.

Break work down into smaller tasks straight from within the epic, and utilise the drag-and drop functionality in accordance with the priority of the task on your timeline. As your roadmap changes, so does the date fields in your epics – automatically!

With the roadmap integrated into Jira Software, teammates can discover and access it easier, giving everyone an overview of how their work contributes to the bigger picture. Anyone within the organisation will be able to look at the roadmap and get a full understanding of the project status. If further information is required, a description of the epic can be located, as well as other issues in Jira Software.

The roadmap in Jira Software has made it possible for stakeholders to share information outside of the team. They can simply send links taking the recipient straight to the roadmap, time-stamped with the latest change.

Excitingly, this is just the start. Atlassian plans on making it possible to embed the roadmap directly onto a Confluence page, in the near future. They’re also looking into alternative styles for roadmaps that aren’t necessarily designed around timelines, with everyone in mind.

We look forward to learning about new updates in the pipeline, set to bolster functionality around sharing and collaborating.

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