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  8. Roadmap Prioritization & Planning Salah Ahmed
  9. Roadmap prioritization and planning • The Problem: What to build? • Gathering requirements • Defining your goals using OKR methodology • Advantages of using OKRs • Prioritizing the features • Communicating your roadmap
  10. Your customers are screaming at you to build new features. Your dev team wants to pay off engineering debt. Your manager has his own agenda. Your partner teams also have requests. So what should you build?
  11. Unprioritized list of features • Talk to customers • Feedback from official channels • Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn, Reddit • Talk to sales • Telemetry • How’s your usage? • How’s your quality? • What are you missing? • How do you fit into your org’s strategy? • What are your competitors doing?
  12. “If you don’t know where you are going, you might not get there.” Yogi Berra
  13. Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) methodology Objectives should be • Long term. Shouldn’t change month to month • Up to 3 objectives for each PM. Up to 5 objectives for a PM team Key Results should be • SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely • 3- 5 Key Results per Objective • Flexible and updatable “We will deliver a certain OBJECTIVE as measured by the following KEY RESULTS: ….”
  14. Advantages of using OKRs • Requires regular planning • Commitment from all stakeholders • Transparency • Provides focus • Accountability tracking • Makes it easier to say no • Stretch goals boost morale
  15. Sample OKRs We will increase usage as measured by the following key results: • Increase monthly active enterprise customers by 3X in the next 3 months • Increase monthly active users by 2X in the next 3 months • Increasing new app sign-ups by 2X in the next 3 months We will decrease customer dissatisfaction as measured by the following key results: • Reduce app crashes by 2X in the next 3 months • Reduce support tickets by 3X in the next 3 months • Improving availability to 99% in next 3 months
  16. Create prioritized list of features • Should help you achieve your Key Results • List should ideally be stack-ranked • Accurate list for next 3 months • Less accurate for next 6 months • Everything else goes into >6 months bucket
  17. Communicate! • Communicate your features to your team and partners • Send regular status updates • Tweak Key Results if required. Prioritize on an ongoing basis
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  19. Key takeaways • Define your objectives and key results (OKRs) • Prioritize a list of features and plan your roadmap with your OKRs in mind • Communicate the roadmap to partners and customers • Close the loop by tracking success
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