Agile + DevOps West 2020 Tutorial: A Wanderer’s Guide To: Planning & Prioritizing Product Roadmaps


Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

A Wanderer’s Guide To: Planning & Prioritizing Product Roadmaps

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For a lot of people, product roadmaps are something between a stack of lies and an act of futility. That’s because they are typically just a wishlist of features; often with deadlines that are wild guesses or imposed from On High. What’s worse is that the items in a product roadmap often lack true prioritization, change priority frequently, or are merely prioritized at the whims of a HiPPO (highest paid person’s opinion). However product roadmaps do not need to be riddled with such frustration! Good product roadmaps are useful tools that establish a continuous process that balances discovery and delivery. They provide better decision making and help mitigate risks. A good roadmap blends architectural improvements with feature delivery. It will even help align a company’s go-to-market plans, getting the whole business involved together. Attendees will be introduced to Flow-based Product Roadmaps—a technique built on Lean principles that help align activities to deliver customer value. In small groups, participants will learn how to use this tool to establish flow for the entire product development lifecycle, learn how to implement product-driven architecture, and coordinate a launch process. Additionally, multiple prioritization techniques will be introduced and practiced. These will then be overlaid with the Flow-based Product Roadmap.

Matt Barcomb

Matt Barcomb (@mattbarcomb) is passionate about cultivating sustainably adaptive organizations, coaches for DevJam, enjoys being out-of-doors, loves puns, and thrives—in roles from programmer to executive—on guiding companies toward more rewarding and productive self-organizing cultures. Matt believes that evolving companies to customer-focused humanistic systems is the greatest challenge facing businesses today. As such, he has dedicated an inordinate amount of his time and energy finding ways to help organizations become better places to work, play, and do business.