Road Map Attributes
Guides “Something that serves to direct or indicate.”
· Metrics and reporting – like user stories, a project is either done or not done.
Routes / Approaches “A way or course taken in getting from a starting point to a destination.”
· Principles help us make the right decisions or approach to a situation, routes are the way we order things.
Way-points “An intermediate point on a route, a stopping point or point at which course is changed”
· Way-points are reporting frequency and big room planning sessions allowing for us to pivot as required. Can also be ad-hoc.
Risk Analysis “The process of identifying and analysing potential issues that could negatively impact the journey.”
· Market analysis, product and project risk analysis including resourcing, budget, skills, knowledge, etc.
Destination Point “The place to which someone or something is going”
· The Goal of the road map – you may pass through other places of interest along the way, but there is only 1 destination, 1 goal.
Starting Point “A place that marks the beginning of a journey.”
· The current state: running projects, budget, current products in the market, competitors.
Key Milestones “A signal indicating the distance in from or to a given point.”
· May signal anchors such as a project end/start, external or budget reviews, etc. In many instances, milestones do not impact project duration. Instead, they focus on major progress points that must be reached to achieve success.