Product roadmaps are an essential part of understanding how to align your product to a long-term vision for product-market fit. They are also one of the key deliverables for product managers and are useful to almost all teams and stakeholders.
What the product roadmap should provide:
- Clear overview of key launch dates and milestones
- Clearly communicate which teams are responsible for what
- Clearly communicate important deadlines and time allocation
- A beacon to align different teams to core company goals and objectives
What the roadmap shouldn’t include:
- Goals and objectives unrelated to the product
- Overload of information about specific product features and specifications for development
- Big Surprises
- Too much data without clear association with company goals or objectives
In this Process Street article, we’ll be looking at:
- What is a product roadmap?
- Planning the product roadmap
- Key elements of a product roadmap
- How to build a product roadmap
- Free product roadmap template
- Best practices for creating a product roadmap template
- Mistakes to avoid when building your roadmap
- More tools for product success
First off, here’s a template you can use to get started building your own product roadmap.
Product roadmap process
For those of you who came just for the template, here it is:
If you’re interested in the why behind this template design, and more insight into an effective product roadmap approach, read on!