Free Product Roadmap Templates
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Roadmap templates make it easy to capture and communicate your product plans. And they can save you a lot of time. There is no need to spend countless hours creating a roadmap framework when you can download a pre-built example right now and get going quickly.
The free Excel and PowerPoint templates provided here are a great starting point. You can choose from a wide range of examples and tailor each roadmap to your specific needs. If you want to collaborate with colleagues on your roadmaps in real time, we encourage you to give Aha! a try. Our free 30-day trial includes hundreds of additional strategy and roadmap views.
What is a product roadmap?
A roadmap is a plan for how your product is going to meet a set of business objectives. The roadmap details where your product is headed and the work that is required to get there. It is used to communicate the product direction and progress to internal teams and external stakeholders. Roadmaps also allow product teams to asses new requests for functionality against what is already planned.
Components of a product roadmap
Different types of roadmaps are used for different audiences. And each type typically has a unique set of components. When considering which template to use, it is important to think about who the roadmap is for and how it will be used. This will help you determine the right structure and information to use for your roadmap. The following components are often used in roadmaps:
- A product can be an item (hardware or software), service, idea, method, or information that satisfies a need or a want. It has a combination of tangible and intangible attributes (benefits, features, functions, uses) that a seller offers a buyer for purchase.
- Goals are measurable, time-bound objectives that have clearly defined success metrics associated with them. They are included in a product roadmap to show the critical accomplishments required to make the product vision a reality.
- Strategic initiatives represent high-level efforts or big themes of work that need to be completed to achieve the goals. They can also be overlaid in a roadmap to show how certain releases and features relate to the strategy.
- A release is typically the launch of new functionality for a product that provides value to customers. Releases often contain epics or multiple features that are delivered at the same time.
- An epic is a large user story that typically cannot be completely delivered as defined within a single release. It is often broken down into small features or user stories that can be delivered incrementally.
- A feature represents new or improved functionality that delivers value to users. Features provide more detailed information about new functionality.
- User stories
- A user story defines a new software feature from an end-user perspective — including what the user wants and why. Features and user stories can be used interchangeably.
- Product roadmaps typically include dates to show when new products and updates to existing ones will be completed and released. The time scale used depends on the level of detail required and can range from days and weeks to months, quarters, and sometimes even years.
- Roadmaps are even more useful when they clearly explain how the team is progressing against what is planned. Status indicators for goals, initiatives, releases, epics, and features are a great way to highlight the current state of a plan.
Portfolio roadmap templates
Use these roadmaps if you are managing multiple products. They are perfect for displaying your planned releases for multiple products in a single view. They are useful, for example, when you need to provide a strategic overview of your plan to executives or advisory boards. They also help internal teams understand how their specific plans relate to the plans of other teams.
This roadmap shows the timeline of releases for each product. You can expand each section to see how releases relate to key product initiatives.
This roadmap shows a high-level overview of releases for multiple products in your portfolio.
Goals roadmap templates
Use these roadmaps to visualize your high-level business goals. They are ideal for sharing an overview of your strategic goals and when you will achieve them — all in a single view. They are useful when you need to gain alignment with executives around your product strategy and to provide status updates. You can also use them to communicate the big-picture context of what needs to be accomplished with internal teams.
This roadmap shows the timeline for working on and completing your goals. You can track the status of each goal by changing the color of the bar.
This roadmap shows how product releases relate to a shared set of goals across multiple products.
Initiatives roadmap templates
Use these roadmaps to represent your strategic product initiatives. They are great for displaying the high-level efforts that you need to complete to achieve your goals. Use them when you need to present your planned initiatives to executives and other stakeholders and to provide progress updates. They also help internal teams understand how releases contribute to the overall business strategy and drive the product forward.
This roadmap shows the timeline for achieving initiatives and how they relate to high-level goals. You can track the status of each initiative by changing the color of the bar.
This roadmap shows how product releases relate to strategic initiatives across multiple products.
Releases roadmap templates
Use these templates to plan your product releases. They are perfect for displaying the key activities, such as phases and tasks that need to happen to bring your release to market. These templates are also great for communicating the key features that will be delivered. Use them when you need to coordinate release activities with other teams, such as marketing, sales, and customer support. They align everyone around what is coming, what needs to be done, and when.
This roadmap uses a Gantt chart to show the key phases and tasks that make up the overall release plan. You can track the status of each task by changing the color of the bar.
This roadmap shows upcoming releases, planned delivery dates, and the important features that will be included.
Epics roadmap templates
These templates use epics (or master features) to represent large efforts of work that typically cannot be delivered in a single release. They are perfect for displaying important new functionality that will be implemented to achieve the goals. They are useful when you need to communicate key areas of focus with executives and other stakeholders. They also help to guide backlog prioritization decisions by ensuring that upcoming features (or user stories) relate to overarching epics.
This roadmap shows the timeline for implementing planned epics. You can track the status of each epic by changing the color of the bar. You can also overlay releases onto each epic to show how it will be incrementally delivered.
This roadmap shows a high-level overview of the epics that will be completed each quarter, but you could easily change the time frame to meet your needs.
Features roadmap templates
Use these roadmaps to show the timeline for delivering new features. They are great for displaying when features of strategic importance will be completed within three to four months. They are useful when you need to provide more details about what is coming to internal teams, such as marketing, sales, and customer support. For teams that follow a continuous deployment approach, they are helpful for communicating near-term product plans.
This roadmap shows the timeline for implementing features over a three-month period. You can track the status of each feature by changing the color of the bar.
This roadmap shows the key features that will be delivered each month. It is similar to the epics roadmap.
Agile roadmap template
Use this roadmap if you are an agile team that needs to communicate a high-level product strategy. It is great for displaying how epics align with strategic themes. This is useful when you want to align executives and stakeholders on the direction of the product. It also helps the engineering team understand how their daily work relates to the big-picture plan.
Scrum roadmap template
Use this roadmap if your engineering team follows the scrum methodology. It is perfect for displaying how user stories fit within upcoming sprints or iterations. It is useful when you need to share progress updates with internal teams. It also helps to communicate when new working software will be shown in sprint demos.
Kanban roadmap template
Use this roadmap if your team follows the kanban methodology. It shows the features that were recently completed, currently in progress, coming soon, or further out in the future. It is useful when you need to set expectations with executives, stakeholders, and internal teams without committing to a specific time frame. You can change the color of the features to group them by initiative or strategic theme.
Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe) roadmap
Use this roadmap if your organization implements SAFe. It helps you visualize your Program Increment (PI) milestones and objectives over a six-month time frame. It is useful when you need to give executives visibility into the deliverables of the current PI and to forecast upcoming PIs. It also helps to ensure that near-term plans align with overall business priorities before PIs are committed.
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