Product Road-Mapping using Agile Principles
In the past few years, Agile processes have gained increasing levels of adoption across all kinds of enterprises – small lean start ups to multinational corporations. In most of the cases, adapting agile principles and practices can be difficult for medium to large enterprises and it exposes the problems within the organization putting new strains on weak points. One such weak area is product management. The practitioners of product management discipline, with the introduction of agile in the enterprise, now struggle to balance the dual requirements of defining a product roadmap aligned to strategic business objectives while simultaneously addressing the constraints of resources and budgets consumed at the release and sprint levels. The presenter will share an interesting case study where an excellent and successful agile team got de-motivated due to lack of product direction and how they bounced back by extending the agile principles beyond the realms of the development team, into the product road mapping process managed by the product owners and business sponsors. This experience report has been published in the Agile Journal and also selected for Agile 2010 presentation.