#roadmap or no roadmap

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I usually like to summarize this with the famous quote from Eisenhower, “Plans are nothing; planning is everything”

The goal of the roadmap is NOT to be exhaustive, extremely detailed, perfect, or rigid.

Goal of the roadmap is to “force the thinking” (the planning), make the assumptions clear and evident (so that they can be challenged/weighted), and tell a “story” that let people see where we’re going eventually (rather than each step).

The check I usually perform to see if the roadmap is “solid” in this sense, is to ask for a “one-sentence story” to summarize it. If you get your story, you’re on a good track. If you get a disorganized list of milestones and deliverables, most probably not.

#productmanagement #roadmap #canyoutellyourproductstory

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