Ever feel like the roadmaps you make in Excel or Powerpoint are out-of-date the moment you finalize them? Are colleagues always stopping by for status updates? Do they know what's coming out next and why?
As product managers, we've long envisioned an aesthetically pleasing roadmap that keeps itself up-to-date, so colleagues are always aware of the product team's latest plans. Meet the Roadmap board.
The Roadmap board is an interactive visualization of your plans that you can share with colleagues across the organization. You can create multiple views of your Roadmap to cater to different stakeholders and all will automatically remain up-to-date.
Configure your Roadmap
Each view of your Roadmap can be configured to group features by when they'll be released or their current status. (See configurations at right)
Grouping by release is helpful for making it clear when features may be available. The way you name releases is customizable, and can be adapted to fit your team's conventions.
Grouping by status is helpful for seeing what phase a feature is in today: New idea? Under consideration? Candidate? In discovery? In delivery? Ready for launch?
Status values are customizable and can be updated in project settings by an admin.
Whether you group features by release or status, you'll be able to decide to arrange them:
- By features (flat list)
- By initiatives
- By hierarchy
Hide technical features when presenting to non-technical audiences.
Click the eye icon beside products, components, initiatives, and features to hide them from viewers and contributors.
If you'll be presenting the roadmap to an audience, you can conceal hidden features from your view as well:
Create a saved view of your Roadmap to capture the current configurations, so you'll be able to return to them at any time.
- If you've already configured your view how you'd like, click save to overwrite the existing view, or save as to create a new view capturing the current configurations.
- If you'd like to create a new view from scratch, select add new view.
Share your Roadmap with colleagues
When you create a new saved view, it's private to you by default, but you can opt to share a view with other editors, or viewers and contributors as well.
When you invite colleagues from across your organization into productboard as viewers, they'll see whichever views have been shared company-wide. They won't see any views that are private or that have only been shared with the product team.
Updating a saved view
Any changes you make to your roadmap are made to the current view your on. They'll only be visible to others once you've saved the current view to update it. Otherwise any changes will remain local to you, and all others will see the last updated version of the view.
Export your Roadmap to PDF using the print icon. You can also zoom to the desired resolution in your browser and take a high-resolution screenshot to add directly to an email, Slack channel, or presentation.
✅ Invite a test viewer
If you're a project admin, invite a colleague into your project as a viewer to see what they'll be able to see and do on your roadmap.
We've covered our auto-generated Roadmap, best for sharing plans with internal stakeholders. Now let's move on to the Portal, where you can get feedback on ideas and share high-level plans with colleagues as well as customers.