Management Fix: Product Roadmap/Backlog Definition

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This week’s “Product Backlog/Roadmap Definition” is often an overlooked solution.

By definition, the product backlog is an ordered list of everything that is known to be needed in the product. It is the single source of requirements for any changes to be made to the product.
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The product roadmap is a strategic product-planning tool that shows how the product is likely to grow across several major releases.

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If applied correctly, the two tools complement each other nicely. The product roadmap provides an umbrella for the product backlog; it tells a longer-term story about the likely growth of the product, whereas the product backlog contains the details necessary to create the product.
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The backlog is a great tool to capture ideas and requirements. But it is less suited to describe how the product is likely to develop in the longer term. This is where the product roadmap comes in.
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When well-prioritized, the backlog not only makes release and iteration planning more manageable, but it also broadcasts all the things your team intends to spend time on, including internal work that the customer will never notice. It helps set expectations with stakeholders and other teams, especially when they bring additional work to you, and makes engineering time a fixed asset.
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When we define our product backlog, we are planning, and this plan comes with some benefits like:

  • It’s a simple list, discussed face-to-face

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Product backlog items act as placeholders for future conversations about an option for achieving your desired outcome. That means a team doesn’t have to have an idea fully fleshed out before adding it to the product backlog. A product backlog item only needs to be fully described when a team is about to start work on it.
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Known Associates

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This MngtFix has been mentioned with many MngtBugs such as…
“Undefined Project Scope”,
“Lack of Product Backlog Refinement”,
“Lack of Sprint Backlog”,
“Lack of Product Requirements Definition”,
and of course “Lack of Product Backlog” & “Lack of Product Roadmap”!

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Eduardo Espinheira is a Consultant, Facilitator, Manager, Public Speaker, Creator of the Management Bugs&Fixes and the Machiavellian PM Stories

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