MetaGeek follows a lot of the Agile principles; we like to keep things simple and flexible, and like true geeks everywhere we love Legos… so why not use Legos for a roadmap?
Here’s our current roadmap (bricks are flipped around to hide the labels)
Color = Development Group
Blue is Software, Red is Firmware, Green is Hardware.
Length = R&D Effort
The length of each block represents the R&D effort involved and is somewhat analogous to a chunk of story points in SCRUM. We have a larger software team than firmware and hardware, so we planned our road map with one nub per month for hardware and firmware, and two nubs per month for software.
Area = Business Value
The business value is represented by the total area of each block. If two projects have a business value of 4, but Project A requires half the R&D effort of Project B, the Project A block will be twice as tall as the Project B block. This makes it obvious which projects have the best ROI and which projects should probably be postponed or canceled.
So instead of an outdated PowerPoint slide we have a flexible product roadmap that we continuously tweak based on customer feedback and market changes.
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