Roadmap Planning

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Brandon Green
Brandon Green
Buffer Staff Product ManagerAugust 17
Everywhere! Users themselves, colleagues, market research, competitors, randomly in the shower. Generally, I like to consider each idea seriously and work through a few questions to help decide if they are worth building: 1. What, fundamentally is the problem this idea is meant to solve? How wo......Read More
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Mike Arcuri
Mike Arcuri
Meta Director of Product - Horizon Worlds PlatformApril 26
I like to get as much input as is reasonable both internally and externally. * Internal examples of stakeholder input: partnerships, sales, marketing, product support, operations, finance, data science, design, execs…  * External sources of roadmap input: press reactions & professional pro......Read More
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Mike Flouton
Mike Flouton
GitLab VP, ProductMay 4
I think this depends on whether you've been a people manager (e.g at the Director or Head level) previously.  If you're a fist time people manager, it can be a challenging transition. The biggest trap people fall into is not delegating aggressively enough. You got to where you were by being a ......Read More
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Krishna Panicker
Krishna Panicker
Airbase VP ProductMarch 9
A public roadmap can serve as a tool to attract potential customers and increase the retention of existing customers by demonstrating that you are continually investing in the product and addressing their queries and concerns. There are Pros and Cons to having a public roadmap, and IMO the Pros ......Read More
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Rodrigo Davies
Rodrigo Davies
Asana Director of Product Management, AIOctober 26
We rate our roadmaps and capacity plans by confidence level – so 6 months out is 70% confidence, beyond that is 50% or more. For choosing the right cadence, I think it makes sense to pay attention to the speed of your iteration cycle, your sales cycle length, and how quickly the space you're in i......Read More
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Derek Ferguson
Derek Ferguson
GitLab Group Manager, ProductNovember 30
I think that the answer to this is: it depends. The specifics of how you go about introducing roadmapping, promote a product-based mindset, and establishing a consistent strategy for educating teams on product practices is going to depend on your organization, your industry, your leadership, and ......Read More
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Richard Shum
Richard Shum
Splunk Director of Product ManagementJanuary 11
When I prioritize or stack rank a list of items, I typically find it helpful to understand how each item can (a) deliver customer impact and (b) increase engineering happiness. Additionally, I also find it helpful to understand each item's level of (c) feasibility, (d) urgency and (e) effort.  ......Read More
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Brandon Green
Brandon Green
Buffer Staff Product ManagerAugust 17
I deal with this a fair emount in my current role - Delivery at ezCater to some degree touches all possible users of our multi-sided marketplace (customers, supply & fulfillment partners, internal staff), and each of those major user buckets contains multiple segments. Here are some things I've ......Read More
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Krishna Panicker
Krishna Panicker
Airbase VP ProductMarch 8
Let's align on terminology first. https://medium.com/productfolio/release-plan-vs-launch-plan-774526d2817b The PMs lead on the Product Roadmap, but the PMMs lead on the GTM / Launch Plan. We package up our features that we want to launch into 3 -4 sizes (small , medium , large launch). Each laun......Read More
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Brandon Green
Brandon Green
Buffer Staff Product ManagerAugust 17
I've had to manage a couple different pivots like in my product career. What's worked best in terms of communicating is the following: * Making clear the "why" behind the pivot, and the risk associated with not pivoting * Stating clearly the underlying first principles or vision for the piv......Read More
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