Feeling: Excited for more awesome features 😉
When it comes to measuring customer satisfaction, measuring Net Promoter Score (NPS) is vital to understanding how much your customers like your product and how likely they are to recommend it.
And as a Product Manager, nothing makes me more excited than seeing that NPS score go higher and higher 🤭 Can you really blame me, though?
But to achieve this, you’ll need a well-built product roadmap. It a visual tool that helps keep track of product development and fosters collaboration between teams.
Well-built product roadmaps are key in helping companies build great products. And over here at Novocall, this has helped us build our core click-to-call, outbound cold call dialer, and call tracking features.
For the uninitiated, you probably may not know what I was blabbering about 😂 But fret not, I’m going to explain what a product roadmap is and how I built an efficient one!
A product roadmap is a visual representation of a product’s overall goal, priority features, development timeline, and vision over time. It indicates which features the tech team is building, which stage of development they’re at, and what actionables you need to execute once the features have been developed.
Perhaps the marketing team needs to send out update emails and announce the new feature on social media. Perhaps the partnerships team needs to update all your partners to be transparent about your progress. Whichever the case may be, product roadmaps are a great tool for providing everyone with an overview of the entire product development process.
The way I see it, there are two main reasons why having a product roadmap is essential to any company that develops and sells its own products.
Firstly, it helps you keep track of how well you are progressing toward your overall strategic vision. It gives you the visibility you need to be able to quickly identify roadblocks so you can rectify them.
As I’ve mentioned, the roadmap also lists down the actionables that other teams need to execute once the feature development has been completed.
And as you can see in the screenshot above, we clearly indicate the features that we need the marketing team to make announcements for once the development has been completed. Thanks Nigel and Faye!
And because we use Notion to create our product roadmap, teammates involved can leave comments on each task card, thus facilitating collaboration.
What business problem was your product designed to solve in the first place? You need to know the answer to this question very well.
This plays a role in influencing the types of features that you will prioritize. Let’s take Novocall as an example. Because our software aims to supercharge your personal phone with business phone features.
Based on that, you should prioritize some of the most common business call software features. For us, we went with click-to-call, outbound cold call dialer, and call tracking.
Now that you’ve listed down the features you want to build, you need to validate your ideas.
This means that you should take active steps into making sure that your ideas are even worth adding to the roadmap in the first place. Ask yourself some of these questions:
Remember, just because you want to build a product, doesn’t mean you should 😉
Product roadmaps aren’t just places where you indicate new features to be built. They can also be used to list down existing features that need to be improved too.
Customer feedback provides great product insights to help you prioritize specific features.
Now, you must be wondering, ‘what are product insights‘?
Product insight allows any team member in the product team to make decisions based on customer feedback, without delaying the development process.
At Novocall, we use Frill to collect customer feedback for us. As you can see above, our customers can submit requests for particular features.
Each submission can be viewed by the rest of our customers and they can even vote for a particular feature they want to be built. For example, allowing team access to our meeting scheduler Timesync has been voted 3 times.
Now that you know which features you want to build, you need to start planning a timeline. But to do that, you need collaborative tracker tools.
We use Notion over at Novocall. But some other examples include Trello, Asana, ProductPlan, Aha!, or Roadmunk.
Before you select your tool, you need to make sure that they have these features: deadline setting, and shared access to different departments to facilitate collaboration.
Now, it’s finally time to put everything together.
Decide on the key stages that you will be including in your product roadmap. The Product Manager in me strongly recommends these:
You can also create product roadmaps for your external stakeholders. These types of roadmaps are designed for the purpose of being transparent to people like your customers.
We created a public roadmap for our chat marketing software NovoChat. You can check it out! Whatever is shown in the screenshot above can be accessed. We have nothing to hide and we don’t intend to 😉
Well, that’s it! I hope you’ve found my tips helpful 😃
As you can see, building a good product roadmap is key to creating a great product. It helps your team keep track of different stages of development and facilitates collaboration.
Without this, you may end up missing deadlines, run into a lot of miscommunication, and build a lackluster product.
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