Public roadmaps are sort of in between product documentation and product marketing, so as we at K15t started focussing more of our efforts on Cloud apps, we realized that a public roadmap was necessary for our customers to keep track of available and upcoming features.
For our Cloud Roadmap, we wanted to use something that's easy to create and maintain in Confluence, which we use for our Help Center anyway (plus Scroll Viewport). What came out of it however was my favorite Confluence page.
I started with a simple table with Planned, In Progress and Shipped columns and table cells with a title and description, a Jira issue link and an ETA:
After looking at a couple roadmaps, like Atlassian's, I was impressed with the looks and decided to add some custom styles though a user macro (happy to share the macro if anyone's interested) with this result:
The Cloud Roadmap was later migrated to Confluence Cloud, but this Confluence Server-based roadmap is still in use for our Cloud Roadmap for Backbone.
After a few months, it felt strange to manage a Cloud Roadmap (and a whole Cloud Migration Hub) on Confluence server, we made the move to Confluence Cloud and Scroll Viewport for Cloud:
It survived the migration just fine and is still used to communicate our Cloud plans to our customers. Though the styles no longer are added by the user macro, but rather though custom CSS in Scroll Viewport for Cloud, it still feels great to just copy a table cell to the next column to let people know that a feature has been shipped.
I hope you enjoyed that little story!
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