Creating a roadmap for your project is no easy task. It puts you and your project under the spotlight for a timeline that is likely not in your complete control.
The good news is that roadmaps can bring alignment in ways many other types of documentation or project management can’t. The visual understanding of a project allows everyone to be on the same page. It brings a shared understanding that is hard to convey otherwise.
Roadmaps don’t have to be difficult either. We have put together an article with several different well designed roadmaps to start your journey with.
A typical roadmap may look something like this:
For more on this standard type of roadmap, you can find our article on the topic here- Roadmaps for Your Business, Product or Project
If you are looking for something similar to this, keep reading for links to free templates below.
Outside of the Box Roadmap Examples
Below is a roadmap by Gearset – A Salesforce Release Management SaaS company. It is a perfect example of how a roadmap does not have to be a Gantt chart. This roadmap is grouped into different columns for each quarter, and is extremely clear what the goal is for that period of time.
Gearset’s roadmap is simple, but clear as to what is happening during each quarter. It takes away a lot of the interpretation that needs to occur for a roadmap to be understood.
Excel roadmap templates
Excel templates are also convenient to use. Having a pre-set grid structure is also helpful for some people too! Here is a free excel roadmap template from Mind the Product.
Powerpoint roadmap templates
Take a look at these Powerpoint Product Roadmap Templates to build yours faster.
Starting with a template in powerpoint is a great way to go. They can be either found online for free or for purchase. It can save you a lot of time starting with something that is already formatted. Aside from free roadmap templates below, you can find more professional Powerpoint Roadmap (PPT) Templates for purchase here.
Download this free powerpoint roadmap template, courtesy of Allisian.
And another free powerpoint roadmap template, courtesy of Allisian.
If you want your roadmap in a format that can be digitally shared, using an online app to create your roadmap is the way to go.
There are a number of software platforms out there to help you create a roadmap, and we’ll start with ours 🙂
Parallel is a tool for agencies to manage their project. Part of our tool includes a gantt chart feature which summarizes all of your task schedules into a visual view. If you are looking to create a digital roadmap free, as opposed to creating something for project management, you can check out our app.
We also have another article, “Roadmap Software – A Guide to Features and Choosing the Best App for Your Product” if you are looking to find a roadmap software tool specifically.