Communicate your priorities over broad timeframes with an emphasis on the near-term. This visualization is ideal for teams operating in fast-changing environments where release dates may be subject to change.

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How to create a Now-next-later roadmap

Create your roadmap

  1. Navigate to your Roadmap board.
  2. From the drop-down menu, select Create Roadmap.
  1. Select Now-next-later roadmap from the left menu.
  2. Click Choose roadmap.

Create your columns (from existing releases)

  1. If you've already created releases for your Now, Next and Later groups, adding these columns to your roadmaps is a cinch! Click Add release to select the release called "Now".
  2. Click [+] to create another column for your "Next" release.
  3. Click [+] to create one more column for your "Later" release.

Create your columns (from scratch)

  1. Click Add release.
  2. Click Add new release to create a release column named "Now".
  3. Click the flag next to "Now" to change the status. If "Now" represents features your team is already working on, we suggest using a status like "In-progress".
  4. Click the [+] to create another release named "Next" and another release named "Later".

Note: Worried about turning "Later" into a junk drawer for your entire ideas backlog? Instead of "Later" consider a specific time horizon like "Next Year".

Add features to your roadmap

There are three different ways to add a feature to your roadmap:

  1. Add the feature via a release group column on the Features board. (See Help Center article here.)
  2. On a feature detail view, scroll down to the release group field. Click on the release group and select the appropriate release.
  3. On the Now-next-later roadmap, click the [+] sign to add a feature to that release. If the feature does not already exist, type in the feature idea name and click Create to create the feature and add it to your release group and your roadmap.

How to organize your Now-next-later roadmap

  1. Click Settings to open up the configurations menu.
  2. Click Swimlanes to organize your roadmap horizontally.
  3. Toggle Effort to display story points on each feature card.
  4. Toggle Owner to display the owner's avatar on each feature card.
  5. Scale or Enterprise plans: Toggle Objectives to display any objectives associated with the feature.
  6. Toggle Show hidden cards to display feature and subfeature cards which have been manually hidden from contributors.
  7. Toggle Show subfeatures to display associated subfeature cards.

Organize by hierarchy

  1. Click on Settings in the top right corner to access additional organization options.
  2. Select Hierarchy to group feature ideas by their relevant components or sub-components.
  3. Click the down-facing caret on a component or sub-component to hide or expand its associated features.

Organize by objectives (Scale or Enterprise plans)

  1. Click on Settings in the top right corner to access additional configuration options.
  2. Select Objectives to group feature ideas by their relevant objective.
  3. Toggle Priority to display how important this feature is towards the overarching objective.
  4. Toggle Team to display the team associated with the overarching objective.
  5. Click the down-facing caret on an objective to hide or expand its associated features.
  6. Drag and drop your objectives to adjust the order in which they're displayed.

How to share and export your Now-next-later roadmap

  1. After making any configuration changes, click Save roadmap. You will see confirmation once your roadmap changes have been saved, and the Save button will now read Share.
  2. Click Share to configure your roadmap sharing settings.
  3. Click Print to print your roadmap.
  4. Click Export to image to generate a PNG of your roadmap.

When to use a Now-next-later roadmap

Now-next-later roadmaps are good for:

  • Communicating with large audiences (e.g. an All-Hands or Town Hall meeting). Simple, streamlined layout reduces noise and is easy for everyone to understand.
  • Communicating broad plans without committing your team to specific deadlines.

Now-next-later roadmaps might not be good for:

  • Communicating with executives. If your audience needs any kind of detail - deadlines, teams, or company objectives, for example - this won't be enough information. Consider an Objectives timeline roadmap.
  • Communicating within the Product organization. Hopefully, your Product team already understands what's being worked on now, next and later - give them more specific information! Consider a Sprint planning roadmap.

Learn more about using Now-next-later roadmaps

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