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Thanks for your interest in StoriesOnBoard's Roadmaps. Let me introduce the functionality in a nutshell, then you can dive into the details.

Purpose of roadmaps

Story maps are a great tool for digging deep into user journeys by mapping out all the steps the user does in the product. This information and user stories could be too granular to stakeholders who want to have a quick (and high-level overview) of what will happen around the product in the next few months or quarters.

Besides, as a product owner, you often start with a large chunk of backlog items (eg.: add a blog to an e-commerce website) which can be detailed later (as part of an existing story map, or on a brand new story map). So creating a roadmap of these large items could be helpful to:

👉 gain an oversight on

👉 prioritize

👉 schedule

large backlog items. Moreover, it provides an informative view for tracking the development's progression later on.

When to use roadmaps

As above described, roadmaps are helpful when you plan a new product or new features for a running product. Steps could be the followings:

  1. Create a roadmap and create a card for each product component (or feature idea)

  2. Have a prioritization session and decide what's going to be developed first

  3. Detail the top-priority items by mapping out the user journey on a story map (or extend your product's story map with the new epic)

  4. Arrange/schedule the rest of the roadmap items

  5. Invite stakeholders to the roadmap

Roadmaps are also useful when you have already done the story mapping session and the releases are scheduled. In this case, the roadmap provides a convenient board to track the development's progression. The steps are the following:

  1. Pick a roadmap template that suits your needs

  2. Decide how to group the items into columns eg: Q1-Q2-Q3 or NOW-NEXT-LATER

  3. Link a story map (or multiple story maps) to the roadmap

  4. Import story map items (Hint: use the quick-add option when creating the roadmap)

  5. Invite stakeholders to the roadmap

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➡️ How to pick a roadmap template

➡️ Roadmap user permissions

➡️ Roadmap features

Do you miss a feature?

We strive to continuously improve the Roadmaps feature. Follow our journey on the 🚀 Roadmaps Portal, vote for planned features, and submit new ideas!

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