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Creating and Managing a Product Roadmap in Jira

Chuck Foster Jun 15, 2017

Hello,  We currently manage a roadmap outside of Jira with projects assigned to quarters similar to this: https://image.slidesharecdn.com/product-roadmaphowtocreateaneffectiveone-140926123131-phpapp02/95/product-roadmap-an-8-step-process-to-create-and-effective-and-compelling-roadmap-for-your-product-36-638.jpg?cb=1411735429  

We then use Epics, Stories, and Tasks in Jira to assign the work to sprints and track progress until they are put into a monthly release.

The problem arises when it's time to update the roadmap with statuses and schedule new projects.  We have duplication of work and having to look in different places.

What is the best way to also manage our product roadmap with it's associated Epics, Stories, and Tasks within Jira?

Thanks in advance for any help!

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Tarun Sapra Community Leader Jun 16, 2017

Helo Chuck,

You can you "Portfolio" plugin by Atlassian, it's exaclty meant for roadmap tracking. We are also usign the same, I have divided the project into Phases and these Phases are parent types of Epics and the whole hierarchy can easily be configured in Porfolio. Fix/versions of projects act as releases and releases can be configured in portfolio across projects as well i.e. each release having issues from across various projects.

https://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/portfolio/agile-roadmap-planning

 

Chuck Foster Jun 19, 2017

Cool.  I'm checking out a webinar tomorrow on Portolio.

Chuck Foster Jun 20, 2017

Hi Tarun,

Thanks for the recommendation, but based off the number of Jira users we have I don't think we'll be able to use Portfolio.  Any ideas of other tools or methods within Jira Software?

Marc Colangelo Sep 12, 2018

I know this is an old post....

The only "free" option is using Confluence road map feature.  Portfolio does give you live plan which is great.  I have also been testing BigPicture which has a MS Project feel to it if you are looking for project planning. Both do require licensing and cost can mount if you are over the 10 user threshold....

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Chuck Foster Sep 13, 2018

 

@Marc Colangelo, thanks.  BigPicture looks nice, but you're right - it will get expensive for us.  Also, we're not using Confluence.

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Bree Davies Atlassian Team Sep 26, 2018

Hi @Chuck Foster

We've just released a new (and free!) roadmapping feature in the new Jira project experience. It only displays epics but could be worth a try to see if it meets your needs. Find out more here

Cheers,
Bree

Chuck Foster Sep 27, 2018

Thanks @Bree Davies ! That looks sweet, but I'm not finding the roadmap button from the project menu.  Can you point me in the right direction?

Chuck Foster Sep 27, 2018

@Bree Davies, I figured it out.  We're not using next-gen.  Any plans for this to come to classic?  There are features of classic that don't exist yet in next-gen that prevent us from switching.

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Bree Davies Atlassian Team Sep 27, 2018

Hi @Chuck Foster - unfortunately we have no plans to bring this to classic at this time. What are the features you're currently waiting on in next-gen?

Thanks,
Bree

Chuck Foster Oct 02, 2018

Hi @Bree Davies, I think the main feature is customized workflows.  Here's a screen grab of our existing workflow: https://www.screencast.com/t/y07vLoPvYQV

Also, one thing that worries me about switching is that we use 1 project for all of our work with components representing features/business-units/clients because we need to be able to move tickets around between clients/projects.

Thanks for continuing to engage with us on this.  I'd be super-pumped to try this roadmapping feature.

Ron Sochocki Oct 29, 2018

Is there a way to export the Roadmap view to PDF/Word/Excel?

Ron

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Drew Heasman Jan 15, 2019

@Bree Davies - in addition to custom workflows, our organisation relies heavily on Issue Security within all projects.

Bree Davies Atlassian Team Jan 15, 2019

@Ron Sochocki - this feature is on the roadmap for our roadmap (!) so keep an eye out for it very soon. 

@Drew Heasman - this is good to know, thanks for calling it out. Could you please provide an example use case of how you use issue level permissions in your company?

Drew Heasman Jan 15, 2019

@Bree Davies - we open our Jira instance for clients to use to track their projects and raise issues. We use issue level permissions to ensure they cannot view the projects of other clients and comment visibility to ensure internal only information is not client facing.

This is just one example where the current next gen project type is not suitable for us, I could probably find many more if I had the time.

I don't agree with the stance of adding features into the next gen project type only - you'll end up with two half baked project types with a set of features that are unique to each.

The next gen project type, as I understand it, is intended to offer a subset of features of the fully fledged classic project type (which has all the features).

The advantage of the next gen type needs to be usability and simplicity - not having some extra features and missing others.

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I worry about more forked project types in future, that will inevitably make Jira harder to maintain and administer, as (even in the same project) some users will need next gen project features, others need classic, and others the next next gen project type, when it's added.

We've already seen a divergence in feature sets between Cloud and Server, so I don't think my fears are unfounded.

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Drew Heasman Jan 23, 2019

@Bree Davies - any response?

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Drew Heasman Feb 20, 2019

@Bree Davies bump

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Drew Heasman Mar 21, 2019

@Bree Davies bump

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Steven Vande Ryse Mar 26, 2019

@Bree Davies Any update?

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Ahmed Bayyari May 30, 2019 • edited

I also looked at BigPicture but it was very costly. I ended up signing up for a free trial with https://www.productplan.com/help/features/jira/ to have a roadmap feature. We have over 100 projects and over 300 users on an on-premise server, all using the classic version. So getting plugins like BigPicture or Portfolio cost thousands even if it's just for one person/project due to their absurd server licensing policies. With ProductPlan we are able to license it for whatever number of users needing it. All other users that don't have a license can still view the roadmaps, they just can't edit them. So far it was easy to integrate and set up.

@Bree Davies it would be great to receive a response to @Steven Vande Ryse

Can you also please answer this question:

Is the reason why there is no road-mapping feature for Jira's classic projects because Atlassian wants to force it's users towards using Portfolio for Jira? If that is the case, I'm not sure how wise the decision it. I definitely see value in Portfolio for Jira, however the added costs outweigh the benefits. As a PM who would really like to find a more seamless way to 'roll up' our issues into a roadmap format that can be shared with executives, I have pushed for Portolio internally. The cost-benefit just isn't there. 

What is more frustrating for me as a user is that the next-gen projects have a built in (simplistic) road-mapping tool AND confluence has a (low-functionality) roadmapping tool as well. The next gen roadmapping tool only allows you to play with Epics, which is fine in my opinion (and I would be very happy to at least have access to this in classic projects). The Confluence roadmapping tool doesn't even allow you to link a Jira issue (it only lets you link a Confluence page)! Why is that?

If you are trying to direct your users with similar needs to Portfolio, please make that clear. Secondly, I would recommend adjusting your pricing strategy for Portfolio as I don't believe the ROI is there.

Thanks

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Teagan Harbridge Jul 11, 2018

Hi @Chuck Foster

We've created a simple and flexible roadmapping tool for Product Managers and their teams in Jira called Easy Agile Roadmaps for Jira

You can schedule all of your Jira issues onto the roadmap timeline and use 'Theme/Team' swimlanes to divide your roadmap into a way that makes sense for your team - for example, in the screenshot you attached to your question, you could add swimlanes to represent 'Outbound', 'Analytics' and 'Data Management'. 

Fix versions, marketing events and company milestones can all be visualised onto your roadmap to give your engineering and business teams context around what's coming up for the organisation. 

Let me know if you have any questions, I'd be happy to help! 

Thanks Chuck, 
Teagan [Easy Agile]

Silvesta Ng I'm New Here May 23, 2019

From a bit of playing around with Roadmaps, everything looks manual. The Epic Roadmap is just whatever you set as the start date and the due date. It doesn't even roll-up start dates and due dates from Stories below it. Is this true?

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Drew Heasman Jan 15, 2019

There is a feature request here to add the missing Roadmaps feature to Classic projects: https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/JSWCLOUD-17214

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Ahmed Bayyari May 30, 2019 • edited

I also looked at BigPicture but it was very costly. I ended up signing up for a free trial with https://www.productplan.com/help/features/jira/ to have a roadmap feature. We have over 100 projects and over 300 users on an on-premise server, all using the classic version. So getting plugins like BigPicture or Portfolio cost thousands even if it's just for one person/project due to their absurd server licensing policies. With ProductPlan we are able to license it for whatever number of users needing it. All other users that don't have a license can still view the roadmaps, they just can't edit them. So far it was easy to integrate and set up.

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