A Great Way To Visually Represent Your Roadmap

Once your roadmap(s) are completed, it would be great to communicate that in a single diagram to all stakeholders.  If it’s going to be a single page diagram, you’ll need to abstract some of the detail.  What you will want to communicate ideally is:

  • The project or initiative threads

  • The ordering of initiatives

  • Size of initiatives - relative cost/effort  (avoid providing costs - typically there are too many variables)

  • Their relative priorities (avoid providing dates, maybe an indicative year)

The diagram below is a great example of a diagram that addresses the communication points above.

Cyma - Roadmapping example

Cyma - Roadmapping example

This diagram gives a sense of ordering without the rigidity of order that you get from a gantt chart. More importantly, prioritisation is clear and the relative size of an initiative is shown by the size of the the bubble.  This is one example of roadmap visualisation, there are many others that can be used depending on the key attributes you want to highlight.

Other attributes you may want to include might be:

  • Any cross thread dependencies/links between your initiatives

  • Relative ROI per initiatives (colour coded) - the initiatives with the highest ROI aren’t always done first as there may be dependencies that need to be put in place first.

  • Capability development and enhancement over time

With the our previous blogs we had such as "3 signs your organisation needs a road map" and "Do your Roadmaps answer these questions" we saw how important roadmaps can be to an organisation. By creating a great visual, you can help to create context for the strategy that you're trying to portray. Making sure that your roadmap is clear and concise can help demonstrate to stakeholders that your strategy is something tangible.

Roadmapping is a great tool to find things such as business strategy/motivation, capability modeling, architecture building blocks, and even the current state of your organisation. Using roadmapping for these reasons can help you to determine pain points in the organisation, risks, constraints, and even inconsistencies with in the organisation. Every business have these thing, but not every business is aware of these issues. Creating a roadmap can help organisations to realise said aspects of the organisation.   

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