Q: So how do you decide what ideas to move forward?
It’s a constant discipline, that I that I try very hard to keep a roadmap. And a roadmap means many different things to many different people. But to me, it’s this visual depiction of all the ideas you’ve generated, but you’ve broken it down into what we’re going to do now, what’s later, and what’s wish list that we have no idea how we’re going to do, but it was a great idea.
My first experience with the roadmap was at an E-business innovator, which is long gone, called Scient. I was instantly smitten with it, because it was this one place, it was this idea catcher they called a scope map. I just I love the idea, and I still do, that you have everything captured in one place. Then the hard part is where you have to sit all your clients down in a room, because that’s what we did back in the day, you’d all get together in a room and for three days, you just go item by item, prioritizing it. And everyone wanted to kill you or kill each other, you know, there’s got to be some lively discussion. But where I would find something at high priority and the business owner, the technology architect on the team, where we all thought something was a winner, it was truly a winner. Those were the best ideas when we all came together. It’s a difficult process. But just when you know you finally get through it, you hit that magic macro button it was magical. And it gave you this visual of here’s what you’re going to do for your first release. Here’s what’s going to be future. You knew what was coming. And you had a clearly defined, with some last-minute haggling, MVP. And I mean, minimum viable product, not an athlete. But it is that agreement where the team says this is that winning first release, this is what we’re going out with, this is what we’re going to put our heart into initially. What I appreciated about that tool is not only did it give you that clearly defined roadmap, but it also it also helped you to adjust and shift. So over time, you knew, we went down this path and we couldn’t do this feature, but hey, this one’s next up, move it on there. You didn’t have to go back to the drawing board. You already had this backlog of things that you could move forward with.