Quarterly release plan roadmaps, while slightly different in both form and function to product roadmaps, are a valuable tool for product managers and technical teams alike. Quarterly release plans are meant to occupy the sweet spot between vague vision statements and super-specific project plans. They illustrate the direction of the product, how it will get there, and what stakeholders can expect. This release plan roadmap is an example of how a team that does quarterly releases may want to approach documenting their plan.
- Easy to customize and adapt to your team’s unique needs
- Template specifically for quarterly release cycles
- Use in conjunction with a strategic product roadmap to communicate both the strategy and the tactical details of product development
This quarterly release plan roadmap example spans the course of 1 year. It uses quarterly milestones to represent release days and to signify at a glance when new features will see the light of day. Swimlanes divide up the expected work into development specializations, so both product and engineering find value in the roadmap. The legend is organized by priority level, so what’s most important is grasped quickly.
We suggest using a quarterly release plan roadmap in conjunction with (but not instead of) a separate strategic product roadmap to keep your team in the loop about what the product team is working on.