Product roadmaps are an integral part of the work of any product manager, but they can also be a real scourge. Deciding what goes on the roadmap is time and energy consuming, not to mention figuring out roadmap ownership and negotiating who has the authority to make roadmap decisions. Then, of course, there are the logistical issues of how to best manage your roadmap, which tools to use, and what is the best visualization.
One of the hottest questions that product teams debate, though, is roadmap visibility. “Is it on the roadmap?” is such a common question, whether it’s from existing customers, prospects, or leadership, and it can be difficult to negotiate exactly how much to reveal. That’s why, at the request of our debaters, we opened up this question in our poll this week. 67% of you were opposed to making the roadmap public, and our debaters speak to the dangers that come from opening it up. But, as one debater shows, there’s a good case to be made for radical transparency.
What’s your experience? Have you seen a publicly-made roadmap gone wrong? Tell us in the comments.