If you google “product roadmap” you’ll mostly find tools for roadmap planning and visualization (this category of the Product Stack has quite a few logos). You’ll also find a whole corpus of “how to create a product roadmap.” A few search pages in, if you ever get to them, you will find some best practices for the gnarlier aspects of roadmap management.
Product managers deal with roadmaps on a daily basis – but is ongoing management and ownership of the roadmap the same as having the authority to make roadmap decisions? When we asked that question in our poll this week, 92% of you responded that yes, PMs should have that authority. But our debaters’ chipped away at that overwhelming majority with some hedging about the how much authority product managers have in setting the company’s roadmap.
How empowered are you to make roadmap decisions in your product organization? Do you feel like you don’t have the authority needed to move your product along? Tell us in the comments!