Spring brings new features and improvements on shipit
Spring has arrived, and we have been hard at work improving and extending shipit. Here’s a quick roundup of what’s new: You can now export your roadmap as PNG. For example for using it in presentations. (This is in addition to the existing export functionality for CSV and Excel.) Drag and drop performance for roadmap items is much faster. We also enabled drag-and-drop to support moving items between quarters and tracks.
Prioritise roadmap initiatives by including your team members
Prioritisation of roadmap initiatives is one of the most important recurring activities of product managers. Typically you want to include stakeholders and team members in that process. It is our experience that it can be a practical challenge on how to effectively collect people’s input, normalise their data, and then review it in a meaningful way. Often, input comes fragmented and in different forms and people can be in different locations or time-zones.
OKRs and product roadmaps
OKRs have become a popular way to set and track company objectives and associated results. They have been successfully applied both in large corporates and small startups. And rightfully so: OKRs are a simple, yet powerful way to align teams on company goals. This also applies to product teams. One immediate question that arises often is: how do product roadmaps and OKRs relate? In the outstanding book “Inspired” Marty Cagan suggests that OKRs are to some extent a superior alternative to product roadmaps.
Should you use Gantt charts for your product roadmap?
Gantt charts are one of the most common ways to visualize project plans. Hence they are also frequently used for product roadmaps, and most roadmapping tools offer Gantt chart views. But are Gantt charts the appropriate way to plan and visualize your product roadmap? This article explores alternative ways to show your product roadmap, and how to use Gantt charts without creating conflict with modern approaches such as Agile or outcomes over output.
Using shipit to present your product roadmap in PowerPoint or Keynote presentations
Most product managers have to deal with the recurring task of presenting an updated product roadmap to whoever needs to be informed. I know it was- and still is in all of my cases. Often, these presentations cover more than a roadmap alone and are part of a larger deck using PowerPoint, Keynote, or Google’s Slides. Making a visually attractive roadmap (and updating it manually for every presentation) can be a bit of a pain.
How to embed your shipit roadmap in Confluence
Atlassian Confluence is quickly becoming the standard for teams to share their knowledge, and what better way to inform your colleagues of the future plans than embedding a live roadmap into Confluence. Many Shipit clients are already using Confluence integration to keep their product requirements documents there. Some of the benefits of having a roadmap accessible in your wiki: Easy access where everyone can find it Time saving by not needing to share screenshots or PDF with your plans No need to add extra team members to shipit just to view the roadmap No need to share the public link in chats Here is a step-by-step instruction on how to integrate your roadmap into Confluence:
Building your first roadmap
Building your first roadmap Product roadmap is an important strategic tool that helps you align all of the stakeholders on your direction. It is vitally important for the whole company, including clients, to know where you are heading. Here we will cover the process we have in place and tools we use to build a roadmap. Why you need a roadmap This is a very common question people may ask, especially if you’re trying to build things the agile way.
Thinking in sprints: setting and communicating dates with Agile
“When” often is the word product development teams fear most. When is the release date for this feature in development? When is that feature a customer asked for scheduled on the roadmap? When will that nasty bug one of your investors discovered, be fixed? Giving a confident answer to the question “when?”, is one of the objectives of making a plan. But, in the age of Agile development, is making plans and communicating dates still relevant?
How to extract quantitative product feedback from your CRM
Getting feedback from your customers is essential to improve your product, and to find product-market-fit. There are various interaction channels with your customers, for example, support systems, website chat, or simply your company’s E-Mail address. And of course, especially in larger organizations, the business development or sales teams are one of the most important channels to and from your customers. They may give you feedback they hear from customers by E-Mail, Slack, or in conversations.
Drag-and-drop, Jira integration, and more with shipit 1.4
One of the most requested features since our launch has been drag-and-drop support for items on the roadmap. We’re happy that this is now available, just in time to prepare and prioritize your product roadmap details for the fourth quarter of 2019. Watch how our own roadmap for Q4 changed while going through these steps in the header clip above. With this released, in addition to drag-and-drop we also added the following features to shipit:
Securing data at shipit
Insurance industry plays on our fears: pay a smaller fee for an unlikely future event, and if it happens you will be covered. If it is a calculated risk, this money is worth spending. If you care about your partner’s future well-being and your children, you might insure your life so that in the worst-case scenario they get financial support for some time. A similar concept is applied when building software.
Aligning your team around the product roadmap for the upcoming quarter
Do you have your 2019 Q4 roadmap ready yet? September just started, which means that the fourth quarter of 2019 is less than a month away. If your organisation (like most companies) plans in calendar quarters, now is a good time to get your product roadmap updated, too. And this is where shipit can help you get your roadmap prioritised, your team aligned, and your plans visualized. Here’s the steps you want to follow: