9-11 May 2018

thestudio, Manchester

Increasing engagement through visual roadmaps

Session type:

Session duration:
60 minutes

Presented by:

Clem Pickering

Infinity Works

About this Hands-On

Everyone loves a Gannt chart. Said no one involved in building software. Ever. But nonetheless, having some idea of where you’re going, what you’re trying to achieve and how you think you might get there is incredibly useful.

A good product roadmap gives everyone an idea of what’s going on, what still needs to be achieved, can generate conversation and generally increase engagement. It can also tell a story of what the team has tackled so far. By adding a visual aspect to the roadmap, the message is enhanced and the levels of engagement from team and stakeholders increased.

The session comprises a talk followed by a 35-minute hands-on exercise. The talk outlines some of the thinking behind the technique, some background to types of roadmap, and the inspiration and theory behind this technique. A number of practical applications are shared of where I've used the technique to date, with both good and bad points and learnings shared.

The hands-on part of the session then gives participants a chance to try the technique themselves in a fun and creative way. Working in small groups, the participants will use paper, Post-its and basic drawing techniques to create a sample visual roadmap and see if the technique could be of use.

About the Speaker

Clem has been involved with agile software delivery for many years under the guise of many roles in development, testing and DevOps. People, agile and testing have remained key areas of enthusiasm throughout. He now works for a technology delivery consultancy providing agile coaching, training and sharing ideas whenever possible. At some point he will start a blog but he’s been saying that for years; however see @clem_pickering on Twitter.


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