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No matter what roadmap tool you choose to use, here are a few best practices that will help you structure your roadmap data and make a visually powerful case for your project strategy:
Using different colors to categorize tasks and indicate their status or priority is an effective way to highlight what is important and the connection between each initiative. Not only does color-coding increase the readability and informational density of your graphic, it also helps your audience better understand how each milestone fits into the big picture.
Use progress bars to display the level of completion for each of the roadmap tasks.
Let your audience know how your roadmap’s tasks are interrelated using arrows, lines or connectors.
In product roadmapping, for instance, diamonds are typically used to pinpoint milestones, while on a Gantt chart the same symbol indicates key checkpoints.
Your roadmap needs to clearly display how your strategy matches the project’s vision, so you should tell its story in big strokes rather than minute details. If possible, group activities in a logical manner so your audience can grasp the initiatives more easily.
All those involved in roadmap planning and development know how important it is to deliver a successful strategic plan from the outset of any project.
A compelling roadmap has a positive impact on various internal and external stakeholders. Here’s why:
customers (especially B2B business) can make more informed purchasing and execution decisions
customer-facing departments within the company (e.g. sales, customer support or marketing) can develop corresponding documentation and training materials
investors or sponsors can estimate future revenues and costs more accurately and better allocate resources
product teams (designers and engineers) can create higher-quality offerings
the HR team can plan, update and change hiring activities more easily
the legal team can develop more profitable contracts
With roadmaps having such an influential role, it is understandable why you would want to start off on the right foot. The present page has been created to provide you with a series of useful reference points to help you get the ball rolling. The main takeaway is that a dedicated roadmap software can make a difference as it lets you create, update and share roadmaps more easily, quickly and efficiently.
If you need more data to support your choice, check out our blog post on the best 10 roadmap software based on user reviews.