An Agile roadmap is a powerful tool to describe how a strategic initiative and product is likely to grow, to align the stakeholders, and to acquire a budget for developing the product. But creating an effective roadmap is not easy, particularly in an Agile context where changes occur frequently and unexpectedly. It requires healthy collaboration between Program Portfolio Leadership, Product, and Business Stakeholders.

In the A2F Framework, we describe 2 types of Agile Roadmaps and both are required: One at the Epic level that is more goal oriented, and the other at the Feature level that is more delivery oriented.

The concept of an Agile roadmap is that it is a high-level, strategic plan, that describes the likely development of the product over the next period of time. The roadmap should support the product's purpose and vision and it helps the Backlog Owners to keep their stakeholders aligned. The roadmap also makes it easier to coordinate the development of different products and it fosters transparency in order to manage customer expectations.

At the Epic roadmap level, we look to allocate Epics across a 1 to 2 years roadmap based on priority, complexity, and the total point capacity across all the teams in the Program Portfolio. However, there is an understanding with all stakeholders that priorities can change based on strategy decisions, funding, risks, etc., and therefore the Epic Roadmap will get updated.

Example of an Epic Roadmap

A Feature roadmap would have Features and anticipated releases allocated across a 9 months roadmap based on related Epic priorities (based on Cost of Delay), Feature priorities and complexity, and the total point capacity across all the teams in the Program Portfolio. After every Big Room Planning and Iteration, the Feature Roadmap should be reviewed and updated as necessary.

Example of an Feature Roadmap

In order to understand the Feature priorities and complexities, the related Epics will have to go through the Progressive Elaboration process as described in the framework.