The Who, What, When, Where, and Why of Advanced Roadmaps

Advanced Roadmaps, the only kind of roadmap you’ll need in 2021; at least that’s what we’ve been saying for a while now.

If you aren’t already familiar with the topic, you might be wondering what are Advanced Roadmaps? This blog will break down the basics behind Advanced Roadmaps.

Who: All who are involved in the planning process. Usually product manager(s), development manager(s), and project​ manager(s). ​The goal of these roles is to identify high-level themes or focus areas for the planning period, asking questions like “Where are we going?”, “What should we be spending our time on?" All methodologies are welcome, Agile enthusiasts, non-Agile (waterfall), blended Agile, or Hybrid.

What: Advanced Roadmaps, formerly known as Portfolio for Jira, is an Atlassian tool that emphasizes communication amongst project planning and execution. It empowers teams at scale, you can plan based on capacity, track dependencies, manage competing priorities, and explore alternative scenarios with a single place and see how they all connect.

There are different types of roadmaps:

1. Development team: may cover only 1 product

2. Executive management: covers multiple products

3. Product roadmap: spans multiple teams

4. External roadmap: will often cover multiple products aligned with one point of emphasis or customer need

When: Now is the time to get on board with Advanced Roadmaps. The feature is continually being developed and will be refined and developed over time.

Where: Start with where you are and take an evolutional approach. Advanced Roadmaps is scalable.

Why: Advanced Roadmaps is a feature that allows multiple teams to collaborate, big pictures to be tracked, and dependencies to be monitored. Communication is a huge component of why users love and rely on Advanced Roadmaps.

Throughout the webinar, a few questions about Jira Align came up. In short, Jira Align is meant for larger-scale organizations and projects, otherwise, Advanced Roadmaps should do the trick! For more information, check out this PDF on Jira Align!

We hope this blog covers the basic 5 W’s on Advanced Roadmaps. To dive deeper into the topic or to refresh your memory, check out the recording of our webinar The Art of Creating the Big Picture with Advanced Roadmaps, led by Jackie Owino, Principal Atlassian Engineer at ezTagile.

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