When it comes to roadmaps, focus on outcomes, not features

Here’s a pragmatic approach to roadmaps that I can get behind. Escape From the Feature Roadmap to Outcome-driven Development:

You’re exploring new lands. You know where you want to get to — that’s your outcome — but there’s no established route to get there. So you’ll probably set out, and if you’re measuring yourself correctly and you’ve got good feedback loops in place, you’ll be able to course correct and quickly iterate towards your outcome. But you could only draw the complete roadmap with hindsight.

So it’s time to take a new approach: forget the features and focus on the outcomes.

Roadmaps that include a bunch of features are doomed to fail. Instead, say “here’s the problem we want to solve in this iteration.” That allows you to be flexible on scope, and ship solutions to customers quickly.